This thesis addresses the wide involvement of consultants in regional spatial planning projects in the Netherlands. Although consultants have become important actors in public policy making, and media and politics have frequently addressed this as a problem, until now the scientific literature has paid little attention to them. This thesis shows that the wide involvement of consultants can best be explained from the perspective of increasing problems of coordination and cooperation in Dutch regional spatial planning. Planning has become an activity performed by many governments and stakeholders together, with overlapping policies, expertise and procedures. From an external position, consultants can act as intermediaries between interdependent actors, both by mediating between personal relations as well as by connecting substantive issues. Hiring consultants, however, is also a sign of emptying out governments; when governments outsource core tasks like policy articulation and cooperation with other governments, they can loose the capability to develop high quality and democratic plans in a complex and interdependent worldInterpretative policy analysis regards policymaking as a shared meaning-giving process (Fischer and Forester 1993, Yanow 1997, Hajer and Wagenaar 2003). Policymaking is about making sense of what is happening, how to understand policy problems, and possible policy solutions. ... 1 Collaborative planning theory (see Healey 1997, Innes and Booher 2003, Fung and Wright 2001, Young 2000), anbsp;...
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