The pivot points in planning: How the use of contracts influences trust dynamics and vice versa

Jasper R. de Vries*, Raoul Beunen, Noelle Aarts, Anne Marike Lokhorst, Ronald van Ark

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Abstract

To organize new governance arrangements and to restore trust in spatial planning, contracts are often seen as vital policy instruments. The relations between contracts and trust are regularly studied from various perspectives. In this article, we add to the existing knowledge by exploring a dynamic perspective on the use of contracts over time and the influence thereof on trust dynamics. We conclude that, longitudinally, the use of contracts can play a pivotal role in trust dynamics by influencing the construction of, and actors' perspective on, the common history of the parties involved and their future expectations in close relation to the changing context. This perspective might help planners to deal with the inevitable dynamics of planning processes and trust.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)304-323
Number of pages20
JournalPlanning Theory
Volume13
Issue number3
Early online date1 Aug 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2014

Keywords

  • Contracts
  • communication
  • policy instruments
  • spatial planning
  • trust dynamics
  • RELATIONAL GOVERNANCE
  • POLICY
  • EXPECTATIONS
  • COOPERATION
  • MANAGEMENT
  • ALLIANCES
  • DISTRUST
  • NETWORKS
  • STRATEGY
  • SYSTEMS

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