Citizen Participation in the Netherlands: Some Comments

  • Frans Vonk
Part of the Environment, Development, and Public Policy book series (EDPE)


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.


Local Authority Welfare State Urban Renewal Physical Planning Citizen Participation 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Frans Vonk
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  1. 1.Ministry of Housing and Physical PlanningThe Netherlands

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