Burgerinitiatieven in tijden van crisis: Onderzoek naar de factoren die de bestendigheid van burgerinitiatieven beïnvloeden

Translated title of the contribution: Citizens' Initiatives in Times of Crisis: an investigation into the factors that influence the durability of citizens’ initiatives.

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Abstract

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 contributionCitizens' Initiatives in Times of Crisis: an investigation into the factors that influence the durability of citizens’ initiatives.
Original languageDutch
Article number7
Pages (from-to)441-460
Number of pages21
JournalMens en Maatschappij
Volume96
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sep 2021

Keywords

  • citizens’ initiatives; durability; welfare state; COVID-19 crisis; social work

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