The administrative design of heritage management in a fragmented administrative system

The research started on 1 December 2009. The main research questions were: 'Which heritage discourses can be recognized in the scientific literature and are articulated by actors in policy networks? Why becomes a certain type of heritage discourse eventually dominant in the decision and what consequences does this have for the selection and management of heritage?'

The administrative organization of the Netherlands is characterized by a high degree of fragmentation. Within public administration there are various policy domains with their own administrative regimes and regulations. Furthermore, the tasks and authorities are often dispersed over various layers of government. This fragmentation causes problems with complex issues and issues in which multiple policy fields are involved, since this is when multiple interests and actors come together, and have to achieve a coordinated collaboration.

The question is how integrated policy formation can be achieved. Heritage is one such fragmented policy field. Several policy sectors and the related (public and private) actors, regulations and administrative regimes become involved in policy formation, including town and country planning, economics, urban redevelopment, nature conservation, tourism and education.

The research into decision-making cases surrounding heritage is focused on the public and private actors involved in the decision-making network. The emphasis is on the various visions on heritage among these actors, why certain visions or heritage discourses in decision-making processes become dominant and what the effect is of these heritage visions on heritage policy and heritage management.

Project details

Drs. Jeroen Rodenberg MSc

Dr. Rudie Hulst

Prof. Dr. Leo Huberts

Paper presentations & Publications

Paper presentations

  • Jeroen Rodenberg, 'Governance and politics of identity in archaeological heritage management', paper presented at the 19th Archaeology & Theory Symposium, University of Amsterdam and VU University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, April 27-28, 2010.
  • Jeroen Rodenberg & Rudie Hulst, 'Governance of heritage. Discourses and power in heritage policy networks', paper presented at the Association of Critical Heritage Studies Inaugural Conference, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden, June 5-8, 2012
  • Jeroen Rodenberg, ‘Erfgoed in de IJsselmeerpolders en het Waddengebied: de omgang met erfgoed in een gebied met gedifferentieerde groei- en krimpscenario's’, paper presented at the 8th Symposium of the KNAW/Waddenacademie, Den Oever, The Netherlands, July 3, 2012.
  • Jeroen Rodenberg & Demelza van der Maas, 'New Land, Old Stories: A heritage critique on the construction of heritage themepark Batavialand' paper presented at The Past for Sale? The economic entanglements of cultural heritage, The University of Massachusetts Amherst Center for Heritage and Society, Amherst, MA, United States, May 15-17, 2013.
  • Jeroen Rodenberg & Pieter Wagenaar, 'Governance of contested heritage in multicultural societies', paper presented at the 2nd Association of Critical Heritage Studies Conference, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, December 2-4, 2014.


  • Jeroen Rodenberg (forthcoming) 'Medieval virtues as public values? The burgeoning public sector and the articulation of public values in late Medieval Holland', Administrative Theory & Praxis.