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Micro-Pollutant Regulation in the River Rhine

Cooperation in a Common-Pool Resource Problem Setting


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Laura Mae Jacqueline Herzog
    Pages 19-45
  3. Laura Mae Jacqueline Herzog
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  4. Laura Mae Jacqueline Herzog
    Pages 133-178
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    Pages 179-212
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  8. Laura Mae Jacqueline Herzog
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 263-336

About this book


This book investigates how actors organize in order to solve a water quality problem. Research on the use of environmental resources has mainly focused on the circumstances needed for users to self-organize or to maintain an already sustainable way of resource use. Few studies have investigated the reasons why actors start to cooperate when they are faced with an environmental problem.  Actor networks in three regions of the Rhine catchment area are scrutinized; a) actors’ cooperation pattern when managing an environmental problem; and b) the factors that trigger actors in a common-pool resource situation to initiate cooperation.  Water quality policy is analysed in two European countries – Germany and Luxembourg, and one non-European country - Switzerland, providing an overview of the distinctive measure applied in these regions with the aim of tackling the water quality problem of micro-pollutants in river surface water.  Applying the social-ecological system framework (SESF) devised by E. Ostrom and her colleagues and Social Network Analysis (SNA), the current book combines qualitative and quantitative methods to answer the question of why actors cooperate in the management process of an environmental problem like water pollution.


Ecology of games framework (EFG) Environmental politics Over appropriation of environmental resurces Pollution of resource surface water Social network analysis Water pollution management

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Environmental Systems ResearchOsnabrück UniversityOsnabrückGermany

About the authors

Laura Mae J. Herzog is a postdoctoral fellow at the Chair of Resource Management (Prof. Dr. Claudia Pahl-Wostl) at the Institute of Environmental Systems Research at the University of Osnabrück. She is interested in the different uses and the sustainable management of common-pool resources (CPR), in particular the common-pool resources water and land.

In her research, she investigates the interactions of humans with water and land resources as well as the influences of these interactions on the respective ecological system and the potential conflicts of interest emerging from such. She is interested in how such influences on nature can be shaped sustainably and how resource conflicts can be moderated and resolved. Taking into account the respective institutional framework, i.e. the laws and regulations that influence water and land management, and the state of the respective human-influenced ecosystem, Laura Herzog pursues an interdisciplinary approach, looking at the socio-ecological systems she examines from a socioscientific as well as a natural scientific perspective.

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