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Interventions in the Subsoil in the Netherlands —Tension between Central Planning and Local Acceptance

Geert Roovers, Michael Duijn
Open Journal of Political Science , Volume 11, pp 1-11; doi:10.4236/ojps.2021.111001

Abstract: Subsoil interventions in the Netherlands, such as gas and oil extraction, thermal energy extraction or CO2-storage, cause tensions. Planning leads to local resistance, debate and often delay or cancelling of initiatives. The central characteristics of this planning are the main cause. As the transition to sustainable energy asks for more interventions in the subsoil, these tensions get problematic, and hinder the transition. In this article, we investigate this problematic nature of central public planning of subsoil interventions in the Netherlands. We do this by using a network management perspective and local acceptance theory and researching two cases. We conclude that a more prominent role of local actors, using localism and soft power, is crucial. With this article, we want to contribute to national and international discussions about the planning and governance of subsoil initiatives and strengthening of local involvement in these.
Keywords: participation / network management / Local Involvement / Subsoil Interventions

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