Entrepreneurial citizenship in urban regeneration in the Netherlands

Nuha Al Sader, Reinout Kleinhans, Maarten van Ham

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In the Netherlands, active citizenship in the context of urban regeneration of deprived neighbourhoods seems to have evolved into ‘entrepreneurial citizenship’. The concept of entrepreneurial citizenship combines top-down and bottom-up elements. National and/or local governments promote an ideal citizen with entrepreneurship skills and competencies to create more responsible and entrepreneurial citizens’ participation in government-initiated arrangements. At the same time, bottom-up behavioural practices from citizens who demand more opportunities to innovatively apply assets, entrepreneurial skills, strategies and collaboration with other stakeholders are initiated to achieve their goals and create societal-added value. The aim of this paper is to better understand the origins of ‘entrepreneurial citizenship’, and its meaning in the Dutch context of urban regeneration. To do this, we will review the relevant international literature and combine insights from studies on governance, active citizenship, social and community entrepreneurship and urban neighbourhoods. We will also analyse how entrepreneurial citizenship can be locally observed in the Netherlands as reported in the literature.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
JournalCitizenship Studies
VolumeLatest Articles
Early online date24 May 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 24 May 2019


  • Urban regeneration
  • Active citizenship
  • Entrepreneurial society
  • Entrepreneurial citizenship
  • Deprived neighbourhoods


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