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Empirical Analysis III: On the Consolidation of Cooperation

  • Laura Mae Jacqueline Herzog
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Abstract

The chapter examines how actors’ participation in forums may consolidate cooperation among actors in a common-pool resource problem setting. I argue that actors’ participation in forums can enhance their knowledge about each other and about the topic and help build trust among actors, both factors that eventually benefit cooperation. To substantiate this claim, I first assess actors’ general participation in forums across the three cases through a descriptive data analysis. By focusing on selected forums that stand out as especially important in the case study regions’ contexts, I reveal:
  1. (a)

    The relevant forums for water quality management in the Rhine basin.

     
  2. (b)

    In which ways these forums foster cooperation among actors.

     
Furthermore, I construct bipartite actor-forum networks in which actors represent one type of vertice and forums the other, while the edges between them stand for actors’ participation in the forums. This descriptive Social Network Analysis allows to:
  1. (a)

    Trace the configurations of actors’ participation in forums that represent actors’ participation and actors’ joint-participation in forums.

     
  2. (b)

    To link these configurations back to the concepts of forums’ bridging and bonding capital as described by the Ecology of games framework (EGF) (Berardo and Lubell, Public Adm Rev 76(5):738–751, 2016).

     

I further compare the analyses of forum participation across the cases. The chapter closes with an overall summary of the research findings, compared across the cases. It reveals that the factor time is an important component when explaining the reasons for cooperation in CPR problem settings.

Keywords

Ecology of games framework (EGF) Social Network Analysis (SNA) Forums Water quality management EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) Rhine catchment area Cooperation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Laura Mae Jacqueline Herzog
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  1. 1.Institute of Environmental Systems ResearchOsnabrück UniversityOsnabrückGermany

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