Tag Archive: institutional analysis

Why are some international River Basin Organizations more successful in sustainably governing shared watercourses than others?


Contribution by Susanne Schmeier - All over the world, international River Basin Organizations (RBOs) have been established by riparian states with the aim to more effectively and more sustainably govern and develop their shared water resources. However, as cursory evidence from around the world shows, their achievements in ensuring sustainability in the use of water resources …

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Sections on climate and water governance at ECPR general conference

The general conference of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), which will be organized in Bordeaux, 4-7 September 2013, has a promising program for those interested in climate and water governance. Katrien Termeer (Wageningen University, the Netherlands) and Joerg Knieling (HafenCity Universität Hamburg, Germany) will organize a Section on climate change governance (Section nr 07).They …

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Mainstreaming climate considerations in European river basins

Despite the fact that mainstreaming of climate change into existing European Uinion sectoral policies is a key aim, empirical knowledge of how it works in practice remains scarce. A just accepted article in Environment and Planning C by Stijn Brouwer, Tim Rayner and Dave Huitema explores to what degree climate considerations are taken into account …

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Technology transfer through water partnerships: a radical framework of assessment

In previous posts we have discussed issues of universal application of certain water management tools in diverse contexts, and the process of adaptation of water policy innovations in new concepts. This post deals with a related subject of technology transfer and the transformation of technologies in this process. By Ayşem Mert and Eleni Dellas, Partnerships for …

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Central Asia and Caucasus: a polygon for testing approaches to water governance

By Farhad Mukhtarov. With the rise of globalization, models for good water governance, such as integrated water resources management (IWRM), river basin management (RBM), river basin organizations (RBOs), water user associations (WUAs), and more recently, water pricing and payments for ecosystem services (PES), all travel around the world to impact policy-making at national and local …

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On water, chess and strategic planning

Playing chess in the water

By Farhad Mukhtarov.  When Karl Wittfogel, in 1957, published his seminal book “Oriental Despotism“, his claim that state-formation and organization of societies in hierarchies originated from large structural works, mainly irrigation in Mesopotamia and in the Yellow River in China, received much attention.  While the hypothesis of Wittfogel on the link between large-scale irrigation works and “despotism” …

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Recent advances in research on the Institutional Analysis and Development Framework


The Policy Studies Journal has published a special feature on the Institutional Analysis and Development (IAD) framework, which was developed by Elinor Ostrom. After the publication of the classic book ‘Governing the Commons’ in 1990, the IAD-framework was further developed at the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University. A core feature …

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Paper on adaptive capacity of institutions

Gupta, J., K. Termeer, J. Klostermann, S. Meijerink, M. van den Brink, P. Jong, S. Nooteboom, E. Bergsma (2010); The adaptive capacity wheel: a method to assess the inherent characteristics of institutions to enable the adaptive capacity of society. Environmental Science & Policy 13(6), 459-471 Draft: draft_adaptive_capacity The published article in Environmental Science & Policy can be found here.

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