Strategies for Sustainable Regional Development and Conditions for Vital Coalitions in the Netherlands

  • L. G. (Ina) Horlings


The question that is addressed in this chapter is how processes can be stimulated in rural–urban areas which contribute to sustainable development? How can capacity to act be realized? Our hypothesis is: Specific informal networks in the form of vital coalitions between private and public actors can contribute to innovation and sustainability in rural–urban regions. We focus on the role of bottom-up initiatives like associations, interest groups, business communities, the coalitions they form with public actors and the strategies they follow towards sustainability, based on eight Dutch cases. The theoretical framework is derived from the Urban Regime Theory. The chapter offers insight in the conditions for creating capacity to act and stimulating vital coalitions in regional development processes.


Regional Development Public Actor Rural Tourism Landscape Quality Passion Work 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Rural Sociology Group, les, United-KingdomWageningen UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands

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