In the Netherlands, citizens’ initiatives have received a lot of praise and are increasingly made responsible for providing public services. If they are to fulfil this role, they must be able to weather a crisis, as during a crisis public services should remain reliable. Literature on the durability of citizens’ initiatives suggests that large initiatives, with a close-knit core group and strong government support are the most durable. However, our research indicates that this was not the case during the COVID-19 crisis. Flexibility and freedom to function independently from the municipal government were found to be more decisive for durability. This suggests that despite public value of citizens’ initiatives, they cannot be expected to take much responsibility for durable public service provision.
|Translated title of the contribution||Citizens' Initiatives in Times of Crisis: an investigation into the factors that influence the durability of citizens’ initiatives.|
|Number of pages||21|
|Journal||Mens en Maatschappij|
|Publication status||Published - 3 Sept 2021|
- citizens’ initiatives; durability; welfare state; COVID-19 crisis; social work