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Water Governance, Policy and Knowledge Transfer

International Studies on Contextual Water Management, 1st Edition

Edited by Cheryl De Boer, Joanne Vinke-de Kruijf, Gül Özerol, Hans Th. A. Bressers


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In an increasingly global community of researchers and practitioners, new technologies and communication means have made the transfer of policies from one country or region to another progressively more prevalent. There has been a lot of attention in the field of public administration paid to policy transfer and institutional transplantation. This book aims to create a better understanding of such transfers in the water management sector. These include the adoption of modern water management concepts, such as integrated water resources management and forms of water governance, which are strongly promoted and sometimes also imposed by various international organizations. Transfers also occur within the scope of development aid or for the purpose of creating business opportunities. In addition, many research organisations, consultancies and governmental agencies are involved in cross-border work.

The purpose of this book is therefore to present practical examples of the transfer of modern water management from one locality to another and to critically discuss the transferability of policy and governance concepts by analysing the contextual needs and factors. Case studies are included from North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. It is argued that in many cases context matters in water management and that there is no panacea or universal concept that can be applied to all countries or regions with different political, economic, cultural and technological contexts. Yet it is also shown that some countries are facing pressing and similar water management issues that cut across national borders, and hence the transfer of knowledge may be beneficial.

Table of Contents


Helen Ingram

1. Introduction

Gül Özerol, Joanne Vinke-de Kruijf and Cheryl de Boer

2. Water Management Solutions: On Panaceas and Policy Transfer

Joanne Vinke-de Kruijf and Gül Özerol

3. Contextual Interaction Theory for Assessing Water Governance, Policy and Knowledge Transfer

Hans Bressers and Cheryl de Boer

4. How Contextual Factors Influence the Effectiveness of International Projects: The Case of Dutch-funded Flood Risk Management Projects in Romania

Joanne Vinke-de Kruijf, Carmen Teodosiu, Hans Bressers and Denie Augustijn

5. Testing of the Contextual Interaction Theory in the Evaluation of Cooperation and Collaboration of Water Management Projects in India

Katherine Owens, Marcia Hughes and Ellen Scokzenski

6. Contextual Considerations Shaping the Transferability of Policies for Drinking Water Source Protection: A Canadian Case Study

Rob de Loe and Dan Murray

7. Translating Water Policy Innovations in Kazakhstan: The Importance of Context

Farhad Mukhtarov

8. Public Participation as an Essentially Contested Concept: Insights from Water Management in Turkey

Gül Özerol, Aysun Özen Tacer and Mine Islar

9. Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships in Fragile Political Contexts: Experiences from the Palestinian Water and Waste Sector

Irna van der Molen and Nora Stel

10. Transferring International Commitments to the Local Level: The Case of Integrated Urban (Waste)water Management in Hanoi, Vietnam

Jaap Evers

11. Institutional Innovation of Water Governance in Mexico: The Case of Guadalupe Basin, near Mexico City

M. Laura Franco-García, Lina Hendrawati-Tan, E. Carina Gutiérrez-Díaz, Cesar Casiano and Hans Bressers

12. Translating the Global Climate Change Discourse to the Local: An Analysis of Dutch Storylines on Adaptation

Maya van den Berg

13. Adaptive Responses to Drought and Water Deficiency: Transfer of Governance Approaches across South and North Europe

Stefan Kuks and Cheryl de Boer

14. The Transfer of Building with Nature Approach in the Context of EU Natura 2000

Vera Vikolainen, Kris Lulofs, Hans Bressers

15. Conclusions

Joanne Vinke-de Kruijf, Gül Özerol, Cheryl de Boer and Hans Bressers


About the Editors

Cheryl de Boer is a Post-Doctoral researcher at the Centre for Studies in Technology and Sustainable Development (CSTM), University of Twente, the Netherlands, as well as Coordinator of the Twente Water Centre.

Joanne Vinke-de Kruijf is a PhD candidate at CSTM and at the Water Engineering and Management Department of the University of Twente.

Gül Özerol is a researcher and PhD candidate at CSTM, University of Twente.

Hans Bressers is a Professor of Policy Studies and Environmental Policy and founder of CSTM, University of Twente, as well as Chair of the Twente Water Centre.

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 Hannah Ferguson, Editor ([email protected]).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Ecosystems & Habitats / Rivers
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / Water Supply