Complementary boundary-spanning leadership: making civic-induced interactive governance work

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In this chapter Van Meerkerk and Edelenbos go deeper into the concept of boundary-spanning leadership to reflect on how tensions between civic initiatives and existing political and governmental institutions can be managed. They argue that to make civic-induced interactive governance work, boundary-spanning activities on both sides of the state–society boundary are needed. By using the insights from a longitudinal in-depth case study on community self-organization in the Netherlands, they delve deeper into the boundary-spanning profiles and boundary-spanning practices of the key figures in this case. Their reflective case study seeks to ‘put a face’ on boundary-spanning leadership and to contextualize it within the research on civic initiatives. They specifically examine how the different boundary spanners, positioned in diverse institutional and organizational settings, contributed to the organizational and democratic anchorage of this community self-organization in which citizens take the initiative in developing and maintaining a specific area.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCritical Reflections on Interactive Governance. Self-organization and Participation in Public Governance
EditorsJ. Edelenbos, I. Van Meerkerk
Place of PublicationCheltenham
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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