IASC Conference, Hyderabad, India, 10-14 January 2011

The 13th IASC International Conference was held in Hyderabad, India in mid January. It was my first time at such a big gathering of common pool resources community, and with over 500 participants and 11 parallel sessions, the conference, I must admit, has been much more than one could possibly digest. The relief was the plenary when you just did not have to be confused looking into your little conference programme book choosing a possible panel.

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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 of water management, environmental studies, spatial planning, public administration and policy sciences. Continue reading

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What is water governance?

In the 1990s, scholars seized on the term ‘governance’ to make better sense of the situation that had arisen in many countries after the 1980s, when ‘big’ government had retreated under the pressure of neo-liberal reformers like Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. The figure below depicts the ‘shifts in governance’ that have ocurred since then. In essence power and authority from the nation state has been transfered to markets, to civil society, to independent bodies and the courts, and to both higher and lower jurisdictional levels (based on Huitema, 2005).
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Lost in translation: how to study the travel of ideas in water sector?

“Greater than the tread of mighty armies is an idea whose time has come”  (Victor Hugo)

What happens when a policy idea becomes internationally popular? An idea that becomes a darling of international policy communities that propagate it and institute a system of reward and punishment around its application. And how then do we know if an idea is only a buzzword or a real instrument that solves problems on the ground? At what level do we start such an examination, and using what set of criteria? Are we starting with the question of effectiveness, that is whether or not a policy is of any good in terms of problems it has been evoked to solve; or rather with the question of how an idea is proliferated and spreads around, that is the question of mechanisms, actors and interests of the process. In other words, what is to be studied first: the process of spread or the outcome of the spread?

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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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Special feature the public-private divide in flood management

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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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Book on water transitions

Water Policy Entrepreneurs
A Research Companion to Water Transitions around the Globe
Editor(s): Dave Huitema and Sander Meijerink
Publication Date: 22 Feb 2010 • ISBN: 9781843393153
Pages: 480 • Hardback

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Special feature water policy entrepreneurs

This special feature aims to further our understanding of the way in which transitions occur in water management. We contend that if we want to understand such transitions, we need to understand policy change and its opposite, policy stability. These issues have attracted considerable academic attention. Our interest is, however, very specific and thereby unique: we review the role that (groups of) individuals play in the process of preparing, instigating, and implementing policy change. A review of the literature on policy change provides the basis from which we extract a set of strategies which are available to policy entrepreneurs. The questions for this special feature are first, can we detect the influence of policy entrepreneurs in actual cases of major policy change, and second, which strategies have they actually used to affect policy change?

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