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Modes Of Governance In The Dutch Social Housing Sector


  • Pieter H.M. RUYS
  • Jan BRUIL
  • Henry DIX


We describe and analyze five consecutive modes of governance in the Dutch social housing sector. We compare these institutional forms with the five policy values that the sector was assumed to realize. For that purpose we propose and use a new, analytical framework based on a separation principle that is applied to the coercion domain (the governance of transactions) as well as to the interaction domain (the welfare values). The consecutive modes of governance were introduced to cope with the changing welfare policies, but with varying results. In this paper we show that the implemented modes of governance in the Dutch social housing sector did not always realize the values that the sector was supposed to deliver. The framework we propose also facilitates the discussion about the concept of a social enterprise and the embedding of a service of general interest in the European Union. Copyright 2007 The Authors Journal compilation © CIRIEC 2007.

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  • Pieter H.M. RUYS & Jan BRUIL & Henry DIX, 2007. "Modes Of Governance In The Dutch Social Housing Sector," Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 78(3), pages 381-413, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:annpce:v:78:y:2007:i:3:p:381-413

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    1. Ruys, P.H.M., 2003. "Gezonde en Zieke Economische Stelsels. Separatie en Interactie van Sterke Rationaliteiten," Other publications TiSEM 96d31b7e-b8c0-4ef3-acf4-d, Tilburg University, School of Economics and Management.
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    5. Ruys, P.H.M., 2006. "Een Economisch Perspectief op Hybride Organisaties," Discussion Paper 2006-004, Tilburg University, Tilburg Law and Economic Center.
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    1. Pieter H.M. RUYS, 2014. "Architecture of an Economy with Social Enterprises: the Relational Capacity Approach," CIRIEC Working Papers 1413, CIRIEC - Université de Liège.

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    JEL classification:

    • D0 - Microeconomics - - General
    • L2 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior
    • L3 - Industrial Organization - - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise
    • O12 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development


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