This article deals with the subject of finding common ground in urban governance networks. A theoretical model is developed in which three potential facilitating factors of common ground, i.e. trust, consensus orientation, and boundary spanning activity, are investigated. We have used Structural Equation Modeling in testing the relationships. We have made use of the results of survey research into urban governance networks in the Netherlands. We have selected urban projects and respondents from the four biggest cities in the Netherlands: Amsterdam, Rotterdam, the Hague, and Utrecht to conduct the survey research. We have found that all three factors have a significant relationship with developing common ground in urban governance networks, and can therefore be considered important facilitating factors of common ground.

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Keywords boundary spanning, common ground, consensus, trust, urban governance
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1080/09640568.2017.1383232, hdl.handle.net/1765/102460
Journal Journal of Environmental Planning and Management
Citation
Edelenbos, J, & van Meerkerk, I.F. (2017). Finding common ground in urban governance networks. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 1–17. doi:10.1080/09640568.2017.1383232