‘Muddling through’ nel paese dei polder

Journal title TERRITORIO
Author/s Reinout Kleinhans
Publishing Year 2019 Issue 2018/87
Language English Pages 7 P. 78-84 File size 1312 KB
DOI 10.3280/TR2018-087013
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Across Europe, entrepreneurial forms of community action are widely promoted. Dutch citizens are setting up community enterprises (ces) to provide services for residents in deprived neighbourhoods. Their efforts to collaborate with governments and other actors can be qualified as forms of co-production to continue smallscale forms of neighbourhood regeneration. Through reviewing empirical research, the article aims to identify contemporary challenges of co-production between ces and other actors in the context of a ‘polder country’. It reveals contradictory institutional responses to ces which often encompass forms of counter-production. ces’ practices of skilful problem-solving in this context are reminiscent of the science of ‘muddling through’, coined by Charles Lindblom in 1959.

Keywords: Community enterprises; neighbourhood regeneration; co-production

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Reinout Kleinhans, "Muddling through" in a polder country in "TERRITORIO" 87/2018, pp 78-84, DOI: 10.3280/TR2018-087013