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1st Edition

Water Governance as Connective Capacity

ISBN 9781409447467
Published April 18, 2013 by Routledge
374 Pages

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Book Description

Water is becoming one of the world's most crucial concerns. A third of the world's population has severe water shortage, while three quarters of the global population lives in deltas which run the risk of severe flooding. In addition, many more face problems of poor water quality. While it is apparent that drastic action should be taken, in reality, water problems are complex and not at all easy to resolve. There are many stakeholders involved - industries, local municipalities, farmers, the recreational sector, environmental organisations, and others - who all approach the problems and possible solutions differently. This requires delicate ways of governing multi-actor processes. This book approaches the concept of 'water management' from an interdisciplinary and non-technical, but governance orientation. It departs from the fragmented nature of water management, showing how these lack cooperation, joint responsibility and integration and instead argues that the capacity to connect to other domains, levels, scales, organizations and actors is of utmost importance. Connective capacity revolves around connecting arrangements (such as institutions), actors (for instance individuals) and approaches (such as instruments). These three carriers of connectedness can be applied to different focal points (the objects of fragmentation and integration in water management). The book distinguishes five different focal points: (1) government layers and levels; (2) sectors and domains; (3) time orientation of the long and the short term; (4) perceptions and actor frames; (5) public and private spheres. Each contributor pays attention to a specific combination of one focal point and one connective carrier. Bringing together case studies from countries including The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Romania, Sweden, Finland, Italy, India, Canada and the United States, the book focuses on the question of how to deal with the various sources of fragmentation in water governance by organizing meaningful connections and developing 'connective capacity'. In doing so, it provides useful scientific and practical insights into how 'connective capacity' in water governance can be enhanced.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction: conceptualizing connective capacity in water governance, Jurian Edelenbos, Nanny Bressers and Peter Scholten; The role of political-public leadership for connective capacity in water governance, Peter Scholten and Jurian Edelenbos; Connective capacity in a dynamic context: changing water governance structures in Romania, Joanne Vinke-de Kruijf, Stefan Kuks and Denie Augustijn; Connecting multiple levels of governance for adaptation to climate change in advanced industrial states, Carina Keskitalo, Sirkku Juhola and Lisa Westerhoff; Framing and linking space for the Grensmaas: opportunities and limitations to boundary spanning in Dutch river management, Jeroen Warner; The climate game: connecting water management and spatial planning through simulation gaming?, Qiqi Zhou, Geertje Bekebrede, Igor Mayer, Jeroen Warmerdam and Maxim Knepflé; Connecting levels and disciplines: connective capacity of institutions and actors explored, Yvette Bettini, Jeroen Rijke, Megan Farrelly and Rebekah Brown; Short-term and long-term tensions in water programs: the role of leadership and organization, Nanny Bressers and Ytsen Deelstra; Connecting long and short-term via envisioning in transition arenas, Josee van Eijndhoven, Niki Frantzeskaki and Derk Loorbach; Connecting time spans in regional water governance: managing projects as stepping-stones to a climate proof delta region, Corniel van Leeuwen and Arwin van Buuren; Framing strategies and connective capacity in water governance policy: the case of the Second Delta committee, Simon Verduijn; Bridging knowledge frames and networks in climate and water governance, Art Dewulf, Marcela Brugnach, Catrien Termeer and Helen Ingram; Values connecting societies and water systems, Jacko van Ast, Jan Jaap Bouma and Mansee Bal; Creating legitimacy in water governance networks through complexity sensitive management, Jurian Edelenbos, Ingmar van Meerkerk and Erik Hans Klijn; The influence of connective capacity on the legitimacy of flood management, Miriam Cuppen and Joanna Pardoe; Great Lakes water governance: a transboundary inter-regime analysis, Cheryl de Boer and Gail Krantzberg; Conclusions: towards a synchronization perspective of connective capacity in water governance, Jurian Edelenbos, Nanny Bressers and Peter Scholten; Index.

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Jurian Edelenbos, Nanny Bressers, Peter Scholten


’Water governance is becoming one of the most significant challenges of this century and our current technocratic and fragmented approaches are ill prepared to respond. This superbly organized book draws on a rich array of theory and applied research from Europe, North America and Australia. For anyone involved in the policy, management and governance of water, this book not only explains the most important challenges, but also provides valuable guidance on the effectiveness of water governance approaches.’ Richard D. Margerum, University of Oregon, USA and author of Beyond Consensus: Improving Collaborative Planning and Management 'The interconnectivity aspect of water governance is the main topic of this book, which is structured in a remarkably systematic way ... No doubt this is a most welcome book for ’anyone involved in the policy, management and governance of water'. International Journal of Environment and Pollution