Imrat Verhoeven

Imrat Verhoeven
University of Amsterdam | UVA · Department of Political Science

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Introduction
Imrat Verhoeven currently works at the Department of Political Science, University of Amsterdam as a Senior Lecturer in Public Policy. His current project is a book with the provisional title: the politics of contentious governance.

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For more than fifteen years, frontline workers in the Netherlands have facilitated civic initiatives by practicing a ‘modest approach’ that can be seen as an example of democratic professionalism as developed by Albert Dzur. In this paper we empirically explore the understudied topic of how the implementation of this modest approach affects frontli...
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This article focuses on the conflictual relations at the heart of what we call ‘municipal contestation’. This global phenomenon sees cities and other local governments – sometimes together with non-governmental players – contest policies proposed or implemented by higher governmental authorities, which they perceive as threats to their policy posit...
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Policy conflict is gaining attention in policy studies. In this paper, we explore the relation between emotional storylines and policy conflict escalation in the case of the Dutch gasquakes in the north of the country. Based on a longitudinal analysis of emotional storylines in 1308 newspaper articles and additional empirical data we find that Dutc...
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Local governments are at the heart of implementing increasingly ambitious national plans for wind energy. While support by local governments for these plans has been studied extensively, only few studies have looked into local governments’ contestation of wind energy development. In this paper we analyze contentious governance processes in which lo...
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Conflicts over mitigation measures involve processes of contentious governance in which governmental and non-governmental players contest policies proposed or implemented by other governmental players or their business partners. Comparing a case of carbon capture and storage (CCS) with that of a nearshore windfarm in the Netherlands, I ask: how did...
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In this chapter, we analyze the interactions between local governments and citizens’ initiatives. In the Netherlands, local governments take up the role of civic enabler based on a modest approach that leaves citizens room to invent and design initiatives on what they deem to be public issues by facilitating and activating their efforts. We focus o...
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In urban neighbourhoods, there is an enduring problem with inequality in participation. Middle-aged, higher educated, white men are often overrepresented. Research indicates that front-line workers can play an important role to reach and activate underrepresented groups, but there is little evidence on how they manage (or fail) to do so. In this ar...
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Welfare states increasingly activate citizens in the provision of care and welfare services, expecting them to take over certain parts of professional work. The consequences of this ‘volunteer responsibilisation’ for front-line workers’ professionalism have not been studied extensively. Professionalism may be pointed in another direction, from prof...
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This article seeks to understand an understudied phenomenon: governmental players joining forces with non-governmental players in contentious actions against policies they want to prevent or redress. This behaviour, which we call ‘governmental activism’, problematizes important assumptions in the social movement literature on state–SMO dichotomies...
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In recent years, emotions have taken center stage in studying politics. However, the field of interpretive policy analysis has largely neglected emotions. In this paper, we argue that we can enter emotions by studying emotional appeals by collective political actors, which are conveyed through emotion words and metaphors. For our empirical analysis...
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Meer leven is een strategie om randvoorwaarden te ontwikkelen die passen bij een samenleving waarin meer mensen langer leven. Deze strategie bevat drie kernelementen: allereerst gaat het er om ruimte te maken voor mensen om in elke levensfase hun talenten, ervaringen en idealen te kunnen inzetten. Ten tweede bevat deze strategie een groot aantal kl...
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In this paper we point to a new form of democracy which can be labelled ‘do-ocracy’. Do-ocracy refers to active citizens who wish to contribute to the public domain by simply doing things instead of voting, deliberating or negotiating. Do-ocracy often manifests itself on the neighbourhood or the local level, is problem oriented, and thus pragmatist...
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In many Western-European countries governments try to persuade their citizens to volunteer. In Dutch care and welfare provision, volunteers not only assist paid professionals, but are also supposed to take over some of their tasks. In this paper we provide insights in the shift towards a volunteer regime. Our findings indicate that front-line worke...
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Governmental activism, in which governmental players seek to alter or redress policies through social-movement like or conventional political interactions with their opponents, is under-researched in both social movement and public policy literatures. This paper explores the phenomenon, using a modified version of political process theory. Drawing...
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Governmental activism, in which governmental players seek to alter or redress policies through social-movement like or conventional political interactions with their opponents, is under-researched in both social movement and public policy literatures. This paper explores this phenomenon, using a modified version of political process theory. Drawing...
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This article reviews how activation policies frame citizens as individual welfare agents. The analysis focuses on the framing of feeling rules employed by governments that encourage active citizenship, in this instance in the Netherlands and England. In England, encouraging voluntarism is central to the Big Society agenda; in the Netherlands, it is...
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Over de stille beleidspraktijk van de doe-democratie Mirjan Oude Vrielink, Imrat Verhoeven & Ted van de Wijdeven Doe-democratie verwijst naar actieve burgers die een bijdrage willen leveren aan de publieke zaak door concreet 'doen'. In haar beleidsperspectief op dit soort praktij‐ ken streeft de overheid naar een andere rolverdeling met burgers, wa...
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In recent years emotions have finally taken centre stage in studying political relations and interactions. In the analyses of policy processes that immediately followed from The Argumentative Turn, emotions seem to be an understudied theme. In our paper, we argue that language use and meanings implied in policy frames help citizens to figure out wh...
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Bewonersinitiatieven helpen tastbare sociale problemen oplossen en dragen bij aan actief burgerschap. Uit onderzoek in een aantal Amsterdamse wijken blijkt dat het ‘buurtbarbecuebeeld’ van bewonersinitiatieven – bewoners eten en feesten op kosten van de gemeente, die de barbecue financiert vanuit behaagzucht – niet terecht is. De initiatieven vergr...
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In the past decade, Renn and others have drawn up classifications of the various types of risk problems. In these taxonomies, degree of incertitude serves as a main distinguishing mark. However, because risk problems may migrate between different categories, these classifications provide unreliable guides for policy‐makers. This paper argues that t...
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The fear that the society is falling apart is one of the main foundations of sociology as a discipline. Equally old are efforts to put society together again, by way of promoting social cohesion. Nowadays these efforts concentrate on the enhancement of social capital. There is variation, however, in who should be responsible in putting humpty dumpt...
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We zien het in grootstedelijke achterstandswijken. Turks-Nederlandse dames besluiten om vrouwen bij elkaar te brengen en afleiding te bieden van hun dage-lijkse problemen. Een groep vrouwen zet in een leegstaand pand van de woning-corporatie een ruilwinkel op. Een paar vaders en moeders knappen samen een speeltuin in de buurt op. Een Marokkaans-Ned...
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Onder het motto ‘laat duizend bloemen bloeien’ heeft de Gemeente Amsterdam een centraal stedelijk kader opgesteld voor de bewonersinitiatieven in de Amsterdamse krachtwijken. Doel is het vergroten van de betrokkenheid van de bewoners bij de buurt en het stimuleren van hun bijdrage aan leefbaarheid en sociale cohesie. De toegang tot de regeling moet...
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De afgelopen decennia gaan eigenzinnige burgers steeds vaker tegen beleid in, bijvoorbeeld toen de overheid na de overstromingen in de jaren negentig ‘noodoverloopgebieden’ aanwees. Politici en bestuurders zijn niet altijd blij met zulk verzet, en vinden al snel dat mensen louter voor hun eigenbelang opkomen. Maar daarmee onderschatten ze dat tegen...
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Het gebeurt vrij vaak dat burgers tegen beleid in actie komen. In deze studie worden de achtergronden van dit politieke en maatschappelijke verschijnsel onderzocht. Imrat Verhoeven onderzoekt eerst de samenhang met bredere ontwikkelingen in politieke betrokkenheid en veranderende relaties tussen politiek, overheid en burger in de afgelopen decennia...
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Anger is a common emotion expressed by Dutch citizens who mobilize in response to policy interventions by the state. In this article, I argue that this anger and involvement should not be analysed in isolation but as a relational phenomenon. During a political decision-making process, the different actors involved - for example the government, the...
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Ten minste vijf ontwikkelingen hebben sinds 1990 het speelveld voor het mediabeleid van de overheid danig veranderd: digitalisering en technologische convergentie; economische convergentie, internationalisering en commercialisering; groeiende spanningen tussen journalistiek en politiek; veranderend mediagebruik in relatie tot overvloedig aanbod; en...
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De noodzaak voor politici om via 'emotioneel werk' actief het vertrouwen van burgers te genereren Imrat Verhoeven 1 Het sterk gedaalde vertrouwen van burgers in overheid en politiek is van permanente aard. Vanuit deze hypothese redenerend, wordt het voor politici een dagelijkse opdracht om actief het vertrouwen van burgers te genereren. De wijze wa...

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Currently I am preparing a book on 'contentious governance'. This phenomenon brings together politicians, civil servants and governmental players engaging with citizens, SMOs/NGOs and sometimes businesses in contentious claims-making to alter or redress policies proposed by other governmental players.