What governance roles do municipalities use in Dutch local social support networks?

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Peer-Reviewed Research
  • SDG 16
  • Abstract:

    Until now, there is no consensus about variations in governance roles. This consensus is necessary to enable researchers to examine how network are governed well. In this article, the governance roles are considered to be clusters of consistent choices on a top-down versus bottom-up continuum, regarding nine governance activities. Our results reveal that three governance roles can be discerned: top-down, intermediate and bottom-up governance roles. Furthermore, these roles are applied by municipalities with specific (network) characteristics. Our results pen the black box of network governance and might facilitate municipalities to make choices regarding their role in the new network era