Pathways towards improved water governance: The role of polycentric governance systems and vertical and horizontal coordination

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dc.contributor.authorPahl-Wostl, Claudia
dc.contributor.authorKnieper, Christian
dc.date.accessioned2023-07-12T06:53:45Z-
dc.date.available2023-07-12T06:53:45Z-
dc.date.issued2023
dc.identifier.issn1462-9011
dc.identifier.urihttp://osnascholar.ub.uni-osnabrueck.de/handle/unios/71819-
dc.description.abstractPersistent challenges in dealing with water management problems arise from complex interdependencies of diverse water uses. Water-related crises, such as prolonged droughts or extreme floods, may have severe impacts across scales and in different sectors. At the same time, numerous, largely independent decisions in different sectors affecting water resources and water-dependent ecosystems introduce further uncertainties. Conceptual consideration and empirical evidence suggest that polycentric governance systems have a high capacity to deal with such challenges. Polycentric governance systems combine decentralization of authority and decision -making with some kind of coordination of the different (semi-)autonomous governance units. However, the nature of and pathways towards polycentric governance are still quite poorly understood. This paper analyses requirements (1) for governance systems to become polycentric and (2) for such systems to effectively tackle water management challenges. The analyses are based on a data set of 26 cases from developed and less developed countries. Results from Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) confirm the hypothesis that poly -centric governance systems are characterized by high performance in supporting effective coordination. Frag-mented as well as centralized, not coordinated (rent-seeking) regimes show poor performance. The QCA analyses highlight further the importance of high institutional capacity for the effectiveness of formal coordination in-struments. Results show as well a strong interdependence between vertical coordination and horizontal coor-dination. The results from QCA analyses are substantiated with findings from in-depth studies of selected cases from the larger data set.
dc.description.sponsorshipresearch project ``Erhohung der STEuerungskompetenz zur ERreichung der Ziele eines integrierten Wassermanagements'' (STEER) [02WGR1425A]; German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF); This paper was prepared within the scope of the research project ``Erhohung der STEuerungskompetenz zur ERreichung der Ziele eines integrierten Wassermanagements'' (STEER, funding ID 02WGR1425A). The STEER project was sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with the funding measure ``Water as a Global Resource'' (GRoW), which is part of the BMBF programme ``Research for Sustainable Development'' (FONA<SUP>3</SUP>). The BMBF was neither involved the preparation of this article, nor in in the underlying research, nor in the decision to submit the article for publication.We thank all members of the STEER project, our associated partner from the Isfahan University of Technology, and all external case study experts who contributed to data collection.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherELSEVIER SCI LTD
dc.relation.ispartofENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & POLICY
dc.subjectCLIMATE
dc.subjectECOLOGY
dc.subjectEnvironmental Sciences
dc.subjectEnvironmental Sciences & Ecology
dc.subjectGAMES
dc.subjectHorizontal and vertical coordination
dc.subjectPolycentric governance systems
dc.subjectQualitative Comparative Analysis
dc.subjectQUALITATIVE COMPARATIVE-ANALYSIS
dc.subjectWater governance
dc.titlePathways towards improved water governance: The role of polycentric governance systems and vertical and horizontal coordination
dc.typejournal article
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.envsci.2023.03.011
dc.identifier.isiISI:000966542300001
dc.description.volume144
dc.description.startpage151
dc.description.endpage161
dc.identifier.eissn1873-6416
dc.publisher.placeTHE BOULEVARD, LANGFORD LANE, KIDLINGTON, OXFORD OX5 1GB, OXON, ENGLAND
dcterms.isPartOf.abbreviationEnviron. Sci. Policy
local.import.remainsaffiliations : University Osnabruck
local.import.remainsearlyaccessdate : MAR 2023
local.import.remainsweb-of-science-index : Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED)
crisitem.author.deptInstitut für Umweltsystemforschung-
crisitem.author.deptInstitut für Umweltsystemforschung-
crisitem.author.deptidresearchcenter5-
crisitem.author.deptidresearchcenter5-
crisitem.author.parentorgUniversität Osnabrück-
crisitem.author.parentorgUniversität Osnabrück-
crisitem.author.netidPaCl441-
crisitem.author.netidKnCh278-
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