Analyzing complex water governance regimes: the Management and Transition Framework

Autor(en): Pahl-Wostl, Claudia 
Holtz, Georg
Kastens, Britta
Knieper, Christian 
Stichwörter: Adaptive capacity; Adaptive water management; Comparative analysis; Environmental Sciences; Environmental Sciences & Ecology; Regime transition; RIVER-BASIN; Water governance regime
Erscheinungsdatum: 2010
Volumen: 13
Ausgabe: 7, SI
Startseite: 571
Seitenende: 581
This paper presents the Management and Transition Framework (MTF) an interdisciplinary conceptual and methodological framework supporting the analysis of water systems management processes and multi level governance regimes It serves to improve the scientific understanding of system properties and to give practical guidance for the implementation of transition processes towards more adaptive systems Doing so requires a systemic perspective to embrace complexity and the wealth of interactions characterizing resource governance regimes The MTF supports and provides guidance for an interdisciplinary approach in the social sciences and across the social-natural science interface The framework integrates a range of concepts to develop a more coherent understanding of the complexity of water management regimes Specific emphasis is given to adaptive capacity and learning processes However the MTF is not linked to one specific theory but provides a language that can be tailored to specific research questions and different theoretical approaches The structured yet flexible approach is a condition for developing shared databases that allow comparative analyses over a wider range of case studies The MTF does not promote panaceas but a diagnostic approach supporting context sensitive analysis without being case specific and thus not directly transferable (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd All rights reserved
ISSN: 14629011
DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2010.08.006

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