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Participation for Effective Environmental Governance

Evidence from European Water Framework Directive Implementation

Edited by Elisa Kochskämper, Edward Challies, Nicolas W. Jager, Jens Newig

© 2018 – Routledge

180 pages | 39 B/W Illus.

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Does participatory governance benefit the environment? The European Water Framework Directive (WFD), which came into force in 2000 with the aim of revolutionizing European water governance, mandates participatory river basin management planning across the European Union. The belief of European policymakers and the European Commission is that participation will deliver better policy outputs and implementation. This book examines a range of approaches to participatory river basin management planning, and considers whether and how participation impacted on the environmental standard of planning documents, quality of implementation, and social outcomes.

It draws on evidence from WFD implementation in eight case studies from Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom on the basis of a matched comparative case study design. The Directive sets common timeframes and procedural requirements, which provides a perfect test-bed and unique opportunity to study the effects of participation on implementation and outcomes in comparative perspective.

Table of Contents

Part I Concepts and research design

1. Researching participation in environmental governance through the implementation of the European Water Framework Directive

Jens Newig, Elisa Kochskämper, Edward Challies, Nicolas W. Jager

2. Concepts: How participation leads to effective environmental governance

Jens Newig, Edward Challies, Nicolas W. Jager, Elisa Kochskämper

3. Paired case research design and mixed-methods approach

Nicolas W. Jager, Elisa Kochskämper, Edward Challies, Jens Newig

Part II Empirical case studies of participatory water governance

4. Stakeholder involvement for Water Framework Directive implementation in Germany: Three case studies from Bavaria, Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein

Nora Schütze, Elisa Kochskämper

5. Stakeholder and citizen involvement for Water Framework Directive implementation in Spain: Three case studies from Andalusia, Cantabria and Catalonia

Elisa Kochskämper, Nora Schütze, Alba Ballester

6. Stakeholder engagement in Water Framework Directive planning in the United Kingdom: Two case studies from Northern Ireland and Scotland

Edward Challies

Part III Comparative Analysis and Conclusions

7. Impact of participation on sustainable water management planning: Comparative analysis of eight cases

Elisa Kochskämper, Nicolas W. Jager, Jens Newig, Edward Challies

8. Participation and Effective Environmental Governance: Causal mechanisms, and beyond

Elisa Kochskämper, Nicolas W. Jager, Jens Newig, Edward Challies

About the Editors

Elisa Kochskämper is a Research Associate with the Research Group on Governance, Participation and Sustainability at Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany. Edward Challies is Senior Research Associate with the Research Group on Governance, Participation and Sustainability, at Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany. Jens Newig holds a chair in governance and sustainability at Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany, affiliated with the university's Faculty of Sustainability and its Center for the Study of Democracy. Nicolas W. Jager is a postdoctoral Research Associate in the Research Group on Governance, Participation and Sustainability, at Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany.

About the Series

Earthscan Studies in Water Resource Management

Earthscan Studies in Water Resource Management
This series includes a wide range of inter-disciplinary approaches to water resource management, integrating perspectives from both social and natural sciences. It includes research monographs and titles aimed at professionals, NGOs and policy-makers. Authors or editors of potential new titles should contact Tim Hardwick, Senior Commissioning Editor (tim.hardwick@tandf.co.uk).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL044000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy