Paradigms and Theories Influencing Policies in the South African and International Water Sectors

PULSE³, A Framework for Policy Analysis

  • Richard Meissner

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 249-251

About this book


This book presents a new way of looking at and analyzing policies, programs and/or plans in which research scientists have used their knowledge to develop mechanisms such as South Africa's National Water Resource Strategy, Second Edition; Australian and South African climate change adaptation strategies for government entities and the UNDP's Water and Ocean Governance focus area. It critically assesses how science can be used in the service of society and how researchers and practitioners can bridge the gaps that arise as a result of incomplete thinking. Presenting a bird’s-eye view of how thinking and understanding operate in the policy context, it offers a valuable contribution to fields of inquiry such as research methods, comparative analyses, political science, international relations and the natural and social sciences in general. This book fills a market gap, providing real-world solutions to the practical application of science, paradigms and theories.


Science paradigms for strategies Constructivist policy analysis Critical theory Neo-liberalism Postpositivism Agential theory Analytic Eclecticism Water resources Water governance

Authors and affiliations

  • Richard Meissner
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  1. 1.Council Scientific & Industrial Res PretoriaSouth Africa

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