Citizen Participation in the Netherlands: Some Comments
David Godschalk and John Zeisel have presented in their paper a correct analytic description, optimistically interpreted, of one type of participation in the Netherlands. In this commentary, I would like to make clear the context for this participation within Dutch society and to examine some achievements and problems with the neighborhood approach to citizen participation. I take as a starting point that citizen participation has to be considered as an integral part of the total decision-making structure.
KeywordsLocal Authority Welfare State Urban Renewal Physical Planning Citizen Participation
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