The Compelling Nature of Water Pollution as a Common-Pool Resource Problem



The first chapter conceptualizes the environmental problem of water pollution as a common-pool resource (CPR) problem and describes why water pollution by micro-pollutants can be considered a wicked policy problem. The chapter further highlights the necessity to overcome the CPR problem of water pollution through actor cooperation and defines the study’s key terms cooperation, collaboration, and management of a CPR problem. The chapter closes with a focus on the case study area—the Rhine basin—and the research’s societal relevance.


Common-pool resources (CPR) Collective action Environmental problems CPR problems Micro-pollutants Rhine basin 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Environmental Systems ResearchOsnabrück UniversityOsnabrückGermany

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