Tag Archive: policy change

One size fits all? Context matters in post-Soviet irrigation management

By Svenja Fox, Freie Universität Berlin. Institutions matter: much focus has been put, by scholars and donors alike, on crafting well-designed and healthy institutions for effective, participatory and sustainable irrigation management. The emphasis on the institutional dimension has replaced the former focus on the „hard path“ in irrigation management, namely the development of infrastructure. As …

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The concept of path-dependency in water governance

By Farhad Mukhtarov. Path-dependency is a frequently evoked term in the discussions of policy change and stability in water governance. This term came to mean different things, from inertia to change to change which is conditioned by earlier choices of actors. Often it is used in an intuitive manner by policy scientists who basically want to say that history …

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Recent advances in research on the Advocacy Coalition Framework

In an earlier contribution to this blog we paid attention to a special feature on Elinor Ostrom’s  Institutional Analysis and Development framework in the Policy Studies Journal. Recently, this journal has published a special feature on another influential framework in water and environmental policy research: the Advocacy Coalition Framework.

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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

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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Frameworks and methods for water governance research: ESFconference results

Contribution by Katherine Daniell (The Australian National University) and Farhad Mukhtarov (VU University, Amsterdam). The research conference on “Water governance: meeting the challenges of global change” in Obergurgl, Austria took place from the 6-10 June, 2011 with funding from the European Science Foundation. The conference brought together about 50 researchers involved in water governance and …

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Learning to tell a good story: Narratives and water resources in the Lower Colorado Basin

Contribution by Helen Ingram, Mrill Ingram and Raul Lejano (University of Calfornia at Irvine and University of Arizona) –  Narratives are the way people make sense of themselves and the ecology around them. If the need to change water policy does not affect or move the people whose behavior needs to change, it is because it has …

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Strategies for policy change in the IJsselmeer Area

Simon Verduijn’s PhD study focuses on the relationship between change agents (or policy entrepreneurs) and policy change over a few decades, and the strategies these change agents employ within the constraining and enabling institutional context of the IJsselmeer area. The field of interest is interdisciplinary in nature and the research is positioned on the interface …

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Paper on Western Scheldt

Sander Meijerink presents a paper Understanding across-coalition learning, which analyses long term policy change in the policy subsystem of the Western Scheldt, at the ACF-workshop, 20-12 September 2010, UC Davis, Davis, USA.

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