Rebuilding Roombeek: patterns of citizen participation in urban governance

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In 2000, a deprived inner-city district of Enschede (the Netherlands) known as Roombeek was largely devastated by an explosion of a fireworks storage depot. This article evaluates the efforts made by the municipality of Enschede to actively involve the former residents in the reconstruction planning. The results indicate that through a well-ordered process and a considered mobilization campaign, the initiators of the participatory planning process have been successful in stimulating broad and representative public participation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)583-607
JournalUrban affairs review
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • institutional embedding of public participation
  • urban reconstruction
  • METIS-266698
  • IR-73294
  • Citizen governance
  • representative bias of political participation


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