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The Institutional Economics of Stakeholder Consultation; Reducing Implementations Costs through 'Matching Zones'


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  • Frank A.G. den Butter

    (VU University Amsterdam)

  • Sjoerd ten Wolde

    (VU University Amsterdam)


This paper discusses various ways to organise these consultations, so that a compromise agreement is reached on the solution of the (re)distribution problem. These institutionalised structures of consultation are referred to as 'matching zones' here. Practical experiences, mainly from the Netherlands, provide guidelines for the effective institutional setup of such 'matching zones'. Specifically, the design of a 'matching zone' should try to adhere to the following principles: (i) there should be a common interest and ample incentives for consensus; (ii) there should be the prospect of long, repeated interaction; (iii) there should be a balance between representation and efficiency; (iv) the constraints should be clear from the onset of the matching zone; (v) fairness should be strived for; (vi) IC technology should be utilised optimally; and (viii) informal contacts and an amicable atmosphere should be promoted.

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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 11-162/3.

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Date of creation: 15 Nov 2011
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:uvatin:20110162

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Keywords: Institutional economics; G2B and G2C relationship; public-private cooperation; transaction costs; regulatory pressure; matching zone;

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  1. Butter, Frank A.G. den & Mosch, Robert H.J., 2001. "the Dutch miracle: institutions, networks and trust," Serie Research Memoranda 0018, VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Econometrics.
  2. R. Isaac & Deborah Mathieu & Edward Zajac, 1991. "Institutional framing and perceptions of fairness," Constitutional Political Economy, Springer, vol. 2(3), pages 329-370, September.
  3. Frank A.G. den Butter, 2010. "Transaction Management: Value Creation by Reducing Transaction Costs," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 10-051/3, Tinbergen Institute.
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