In this part, the impact of the GDCIpartnership on the classical regulatory governing schemes of our society isdiscussed. For assessing the studycase in this section, it is important to remark that GDCI is an initiative thatsupports diverse members such as public as private organizations.
The GDCIpartnership is part of a Dutch government green growth policy, which aims tobeat possible barriers to implementing strategies for sustainable developmentin the Netherlands (Prummel, 2017). A specific questionin this phase is if and how partnerships, on their own or through theirinterferences with classical regulatory governing schemes, influence thegovernability of society. Governability refers to both the structures withinwhich public issues are discussed and political decision-making takes place andthe content of the political choices (Glasbergen,2011). Through GDCI, the Government has clearly been able to institutionalizea new sense of collective responsibility for sustainability issues.The Government’s decision-making structure is not affected by the GDCIsince the goal is to collect experience and knowledge from start-up initiativesand not to make any decisions or regulations.
The Government does not seek todisturb the free market by regulating it to adopt circularity, rather throughGDCI, wishes to demonstrate its possibility (Prummel, 2017). This is in keeping with ‘Programma NederlandCirculair 2050’ wherein the goal is to be a completely circular market economyby the year 2050. The GDCI and its lessons are being used as aids for achievingthe goal by 2050 (Prummel, 2017).The involvement and commitment of the Government are undeniable as:· They are facilitatingpartners in the GDCI · They are a regular part ofmeetings and the monitoring process.
On average four to five meetings are heldannually wherein all the progress is shared with the Government. All findingsare reported to and stored by the Government (Prummel, 2017)· The Government has set upits own pilots under the GDCI which demonstrates direct involvement and notjust in a facilitating capacity (Prummel, 2017).In this manner, the Government is directly being involved in proving thepossibility of a completely circular economy and creating a knowledge base forhow to achieve this whilst maintaining a free market.