Lifting the ban on Dutch brothels: Do local social needs and local political demands matter for municipal prostitution policies?

Wouter Jans, Sebastianus A.H. Denters, Ariana Need, Minna Marja-Leena van Gerven-Haanpää

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

This article examines to what extent Dutch municipalities have adapted new local prostitution regulations to local needs and demands following decentralisation in 2000. We examined the extent to which a national template is locally adapted, and which factors inspired such adaptations. We found that many municipalities extensively copied the regulatory template developed by the Dutch Association of Municipalities. Our analyses show that – unexpectedly and contrary to popular arguments on the merits of decentralisation – local needs and demands played no major role in explaining local policy-adaptations. Political fragmentation and size-related municipal resources however do explain differences in local adaptations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)449-466
JournalPolicy & politics
Volume45
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017

Keywords

  • IR-102414
  • METIS-319305

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Lifting the ban on Dutch brothels: Do local social needs and local political demands matter for municipal prostitution policies?'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this