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Findings on Urban Planning Discussed by Investigators at Radboud University

February 20, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Politics & Government Week -- Investigators discuss new findings in Urban Planning. According to news reporting from Nijmegen, Netherlands, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "The Netherlands and the United Kingdom are known for their different traditions of river flood risk management, which is reflected in their respective institutional frameworks. Whereas the Dutch have focused almost exclusively on reducing the probability of flooding by defining high safety standards, British flood managers are known for their propensity to influence spatial planning decisions as a means to reduce the potential impacts of flood events."

The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from Radboud University, "This paper scrutinizes this alleged major difference in institutional arrangements and planning practices, so as to evaluate the room for elements of the risk approach in the Netherlands. Using Ostrom's IAD framework, we analyze the rules-in-use in two cases in which a new hospital is being planned in a flood-prone area. It will be shown that in spite of some important differences observed in the rules-in-use, the Dutch institutional configuration has absorbed several elements of the risk approach, and displays a higher similarity in planning practice to the UK than expected."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "It thus seems that Dutch flood risk management is gradually evolving into the direction of a more integral approach to water safety in spatial planning."

For more information on this research see: Water safety and spatial development: An institutional comparison between the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Land Use Policy, 2014;36():416-426. Land Use Policy can be contacted at: Elsevier Sci Ltd, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, Oxon, England. (Elsevier -; Land Use Policy -

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting M. van den Hurk, Radboud University, Inst Management Res, NL-6500 HK Nijmegen, Netherlands. Additional authors for this research include E. Mastenbroek and S. Meijerink.

Keywords for this news article include: Europe, Nijmegen, Netherlands, Urban Planning

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