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Experts at arm's lenght of public policy-makers : a case study on Utrecht

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  • Bruinsma, Frank

    (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Faculteit der Economische Wetenschappen en Econometrie (Free University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics Sciences, Business Administration and Economitrics)

  • Nijkamp, Peter
  • Vreeker, Ron

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In the practice of spatial economic planning for the near and far future, regional planners in most cases are confronted with often conflicting interests of stakeholders in a region. In this paper we will apply the 'spider model' as an expert approach to the process of building consensus between stakeholders of different interest groups: government, employers, trade unions, environmental and other pressure groups. In these spiders the actual, expected and desired developments of regional key variables are shown as a consistent set of mutual dependent relations of which a change in the position of one of the variables leads to feedback effects in all other variables. By means ofthese spiders the interests of stakeholders can be shown to other players in the field, resulting in an improved understanding of interests and arguments of countervailing stakeholders. Mutual respect for and understanding of each others interests enhances the possibility to reach a regional spatial economic development pathway based on a common consensus.

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Paper provided by VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Econometrics in its series Serie Research Memoranda with number 0007.

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Date of creation: 1999
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:vuarem:1999-7

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  1. Geenhuizen, Marina van & Nijkamp, Peter, 1999. "The learning capacity of regions : patterns and policies," Serie Research Memoranda 0011, VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Econometrics.
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