Developments in Dutch Environmental Policy: Target Rationality or Cultural Shift?

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In this article we have discussed developments in Dutch environmental policy from a certain 'rational' and a certain 'cultural' perspective. Both perspectives appear to be satisfactory only to a certain degree. The interpretation of the development of policy as a consequence of a learning process leaves important questions unanswered. The changes towards a consensual approach and standards that are based more on group ties can only be understood on the basis of cultural theory if a shift in orientation within the various subcultures is assumed. This is contrary to theory, however. After all, according to theory such situations are not 'viable'.
Original languageUndefined
Place of PublicationEnschede, the Netherlands
PublisherCenter for Clean Technology and Environmental Policy
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 1996

Publication series

NameCSTM report
PublisherUniversity of Twente, Centre for Clean Technology and Environmental Policy (CSTM)


  • IR-48274

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