The current approach of Dutch aldermen regarding cross-sectoral challenges. A qualitative analysis on the working methods and decision-making process on the municipal level
Insinööritieteiden korkeakoulu | Master's thesis
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Sustainable Urban Mobility Transitions
Master’s programme in Urban Mobility
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AbstractThis study analyses the behavioural position of Dutch aldermen regarding cross-sectoral challenges. Current society faces an infinite number of cross-sectoral challenges. Interviews with four academics have disclosed three cross-sectoral challenges in relation to space, liveability and mobility. These cross-sectoral challenges were presented to eighteen aldermen in semi-structured interviews. The interviews indicate that all aldermen consider different internal stakeholders or departments when discussing these three challenges. There is no consistency. Additionally, in many cases, people from just one or two departments solve the cross-sectoral challenge, even though literature indicates many more departments are influenced. Many aldermen think they work very integral. However, a thorough analysis of all explanations indicates that the aldermen can be divided into the middle three categories of the Maslow pyramid of collaboration: Transactional, Moderate, and Multi-disciplinary. The collaboration and working approach must change to solve the cross-sectoral challenges. This research concludes nineteen determinants that are vital in the decision-making process of aldermen, of which the following six were considered most important: ‘Attitude/ mindset’, ‘Action planning’, ‘Skills’, ‘Team building’, ‘Attitude towards risk’ and ‘National rules and regulations’. Various intervention functions can influence and change these determinants.
Thesis advisorBrugman, Arne
behaviour change, cross-sectoral challenges, municipal decision-maker, alderman, integral approach