The participating government: Shifting boundaries in collaborative spatial planning of urban regions

Judith Westerink*, Annet Kempenaar, Marjo van Lierop, Stefan Groot, Arnold van der Valk, Adri van den Brink

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This article identifies two alternative collaborative spatial planning discourses: a leading government with societal participation and self-governance by societal actors with government participation. It shows how the boundary between the roles of governments and societal actors in collaboration discourses is shifting, but also how both collaborative planning discourses exist alongside each other in two Dutch urban regions: Eindhoven Region and Parkstad Limburg. In both regions, these alternative discourses on role division in collaborative planning are similar, even though Eindhoven is a growing region in which the local and regional governments collaborate intensively with companies, and Parkstad Limburg is a shrinking region that more actively involves citizens. The article concludes with reflections on the need to manage boundaries in collaborative planning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-168
Number of pages22
JournalEnvironment and Planning C: Government and Policy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1-Jan-2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Boundary management
  • Collaborative planning
  • Participating government
  • Planning discourses
  • Self-governance

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