The National Science Foundation – Research on Water Governance

The US based National Science Foundation is sponsoring a set of research projects on water governance. There is a strong emphasis on policy networks and social capital embedded in these networks. Many interesting publications have been posted, especially about the type of social capital that actors seek under different conditions. In some cases – when there’s a risk of defection of partners-  bonding capital is more important, in other cases – when collaboration implies little risk to them- bridging capital. The researchers in the water governance projects have also uncovered some of the dynamics in partner selection when actors in water projects need to decide about who to involve. Complexity considerations play an important role in this. Recommended reading! Follow the link.

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