4. The Contextual Interaction Theory Chloe Parker
River renaturalization projects are complex implementation processes related to multiple policies. Often they require many years to develop and thus work under a dynamic set of circumstances. In this chapter we will explain Contextual Interaction Theory as our conceptual lens for studying these implementation processes.
First we will describe the nature of policy implementation as a multi-actor interaction process and the main approaches to policy implementation in policy research. We will further discuss the general evaluation criteria with which we assess the renaturalization projects. We then specify how the many possible factors affecting the interaction process can be organized and simplified as the actors in the process and their characteristics are the main force driving the implementation. These form the ultimate setting of the process.
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