Tag: water governance

Negotiating water

As many contributions to his blog have demonstrated, water is a hotly contested resource. In most cases of water resources management there are many parties involved, each having different problem perceptions, interests and preferences. Since hierarchical interventions are often impossible or considered ineffective,  many water governance scholars are interested in the question how to manage …

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Vacancy: professor in water governance

UNESCO-IHE in Delft, the Netherlands is looking for candidates for a professorship in water governance. “The inaugural Professor of Water Governance will lead and strengthen the Water Governance Chair Group. The successful candidate will be competent in water governance in general, and be specifically qualified in the areas of local and regional water governance. He/she …

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Honey, I confused the concepts!

By Dave Huitema – The movie “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” and its equally interesting sequel “Honey I blew up the Kids”, provide for a certain amount of feel good 1980s nostalgia and pleasure for a rainy day when watching a DVD seems a good option. Movie titles like these are catch phrases that ideally have …

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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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Comparative learning as a two way street: public participation in the Water framework directive

Contribution by David Benson, Andrew Jordan, Laurence Smith, Hadrian Cook, and Alex Inman. Integrated water resources management (IWRM) is now a worldwide phenomenon, providing multiple venues for comparative learning on potential governance options. One ‘ideal model’ of IWRM often normatively promoted by academics and policy-makers as a learning resource is the European Union’s Water Framework …

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How neutral are river basin organizations?

By Sander Meijerink and Dave Huitema – In their book ‘Embracing watershed politics’, Schlager and Blomquist state  that: “For the last 25 years, prescriptions of the water policy literature have centered upon two themes. The first is that ‘the watershed’ is the appropriate scale for organizing water resource management […]. The second is that since …

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Water governance across the Canada-US border: not seeing the forest for the trees?

Contribution by Cheryl de Boer: Water knows no borders… but we as people most certainly do.  We set up nations, organizations, programs, policies, governments, businesses and groups based on all sorts of systems, conceptual and geographical boundaries. As a result, increases in development tend to be accompanied by the setting up of additional organizational and governance …

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Workshop on comparative water studies in London

The Centre for Water and Development  (SOAS, London UK), the Irrigation and Water Engineering group (Wageningen University NL) and the ZEF Center for Development Research (Bonn Germany) are organizing a workshop on comparative water studies in London, October 24 and 25 2011. Keynote speakers include James Wescoat (MIT USA) and Wendy Olsen (Manchester UK).

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Water governance; an empty signifier?

Our blog is now live for about six months, and we have had several posts on water governance. Although there are multiple perspectives on ‘water governance’, we even dared to post a page on “What is water governance”, indicating and implying that we know how to define the concept. Well, this may not be true …

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