A Starting Point: Understanding Governance, Good Governance and Water Governance

Chapter
Part of the Advances in Global Change Research book series (AGLO, volume 54)

Abstract

Governance has been a widely and deeply discussed concept in the political sciences. As global freshwater resources have become increasingly degraded and impacts of climate change begin to take hold on local hydrological systems, scholars and practitioners have increasingly recognised a crisis of governance. This chapter presents a broad overview of governance theories and discusses the shifts from state centric notions of ‘government’ to a wider range of governance modes and types, as a way of contextualising the shift from a ‘command and control’ paradigm in water governance to more decentralised, integrated and flexible approaches.

Keywords

Developments in water governance Institutional arrangements Integrated water resources management Scales of governance Physical and human boundaries 

References

  1. Allan A (2008) Governance assessment methodology. Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science, University of Dundee, DundeeGoogle Scholar
  2. Bakker K (2003) Good governance in restructuring water supply: a handbook. Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and the Program on Water Issues (POWI), CanadaGoogle Scholar
  3. Bauer CJ (1997) Bringing global markets down to earth: the political economy of water rights in Chile, 1976–95. World Dev 25(5):639–656CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Berkes FC, Folke C (2001) Back to the future: ecosystem dynamics and local knowledge. In: Gunderson LH, Holling CS (eds) Panarchy: understanding transformations in human and natural systems. Island Press, Washington, DCGoogle Scholar
  5. Brugnach M, Dewulf A, Pahl-Wostl C, Taillieu T (2008) Toward a relational concept of uncertainty: about knowing too little, knowing too differently, and accepting not to know. Ecol Soc 13(2): [online] URL: http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol13/iss32/art30/ Google Scholar
  6. Demsetz H (1967) Toward a theory of property rights. Am Econ Rev Pap & Proc 79th Ann Meet Am Econ Assoc 57(2):347–359Google Scholar
  7. Engle NL, Johns OR, Lemos MC, Nelson DR (2011) Integrated and adaptive management of water resources: tensions, legacies, and the next best thing. Ecol Soc 16(1):19. [online] URL: http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol16/iss11/art19/ Google Scholar
  8. Folke C, Hahn T, Olsson P, Norberg J (2005) Adaptive governance of social-ecological systems. Annu Rev Environ Resour 30(1):441–473. doi: 10.1146/annurev.energy.30.050504.144511 CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. Freeman J, Kolstad CD (2007) Moving to markets in environmental regulation: lessons from twenty years of experience. Oxford University Press, New YorkGoogle Scholar
  10. Grote JR, Gbikpi B (2002) Participatory governance: political and societal implications. Leske + Budrich, OpladenGoogle Scholar
  11. GWP (2000) Integrated water resouces management TAC background paper no. 4. GWP. Global Water Partnership – Technical Advisory Committee (GWP-TAC), Stockholm, SwedenGoogle Scholar
  12. GWP (2004) Integrated water resources management (IWRM) and water efficiency plans by 2005. TAC background papers no. 10. GWP. Global Water Partnership – Technical Advisory Committee (GWP-TAC), Stockholm, SwedenGoogle Scholar
  13. Helmke G, Levitsky S (2004) Informal institutions and comparitive politics: a research agenda. Perspect Polit 2(4):740–775Google Scholar
  14. Héritier A (2002) New modes of governance in Europe: policy-making without legislating? In: Héritier A (ed) Common goods: reinventing European and international governance. Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, pp 185–206Google Scholar
  15. Herrfahrdt-Pähle E (2010a) South African water governance between administrative and hydrological boundaries. Clim Dev 2:111–127CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  16. Herrfahrdt-Pähle E (2010b) The transformation towards adaptive water governance regimes in the context of climate change. Universität Osnabrück, OsnabrückGoogle Scholar
  17. Hooghe L, Marks G (2003) Unravelling the central state. But how? Types of multi-level governance. Am Polit Sci Rev 97(2):233–243Google Scholar
  18. Huitema D, Mostert E, Egas W, Moellenkamp S, Pahl-Egas W, Moellenkamp S, Pahl-Wostl C, Yalcin R (2009) Adaptive water governance: assessing the institutional prescriptions of adaptive (co-)management from a governance perspective and defining a research agenda. Ecol Soc 14(1):26. [online] URL: http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol14/iss21/art26/ Google Scholar
  19. Hurlbert M (2008) An analysis of trends related to the adaptation of water law to the challenge of climate change: experiences from Canada. Paper presented at the Climate 2008, Online, 3–7 Nov 2008Google Scholar
  20. Hurlbert M (2009) The adaptation of water law to climate change. Int J Clim Change Strateg Manage 1(3):230–240CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  21. Hurlbert M, Diaz H, Corkal DR (2008) Government, water governance and adaptive capacity in the South saskatchewan river basin. Institutional Adaptation to Climate Change Project, Canada.Google Scholar
  22. Huntjens P, Pahl-Wostl C, Rihoux B, Schlüter M, Flachner Z, Neto S, Koskova R, Dickens C, Nabide Kiti I (2011) Adaptive water management and policy learning in a changing climate: a formal comparative analysis of eight water management regimes in Europe, Africa and Asia. Environ Policy Gov 21:145–163CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  23. IISD (2006) Designing policies in a world of uncertainty, change and surprise: adaptive policy-making for agriculture and water resources in the face of climate change. International Development Research Centre & The Energy and Resources Institute, Winnipeg/Manitoba/New DelhiGoogle Scholar
  24. Ingram H (2011) Beyond universal remedies for good water governance: a political and contextual approach. In: Garrido A, Ingram H (eds) Water, food and sustainability. Routledge, New YorkGoogle Scholar
  25. Jordan A (2008) The governance of sustainable development: taking stock and looking forwards. Environ Plan C: Gov Policy 26:17–33CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  26. Keman H (2006) The comparative approach: theory and method. In: Pennings P, Keman H, Kleinnijenhuis J (eds) Doing research in political science: an introduction to comparative methods and statistics, 2nd edn. Sage Publications, London, pp 3–16Google Scholar
  27. Keohane R, Ostrom E (1995) Local commons and global interdependence. Sage, London/Thousand OaksGoogle Scholar
  28. Klein N (2008) The shock doctrine: the rise of disaster capitalism. Penguin Press, LondonGoogle Scholar
  29. Kooiman J (1993) Modern governance: new government-society interactions. Sage, London/Newbury ParkGoogle Scholar
  30. Kooiman J (2000) Societal governance: levels, modesl and orders of social-political interaction. In: Pierre J (ed) Debating governance: authority, steering, and democracy. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp 133–164Google Scholar
  31. Kooiman J (2003) Governing as governance. Sage, LondonGoogle Scholar
  32. Lach D, Ingram H, Rayner S (2006) You never miss the water till the well runs dry: crisis and creativity in California. In: Clumsy solutions for a complex world, Verweij M, Thompson M (eds) Palgrave Macmillan, New York, NY. pp 226–240Google Scholar
  33. Maas A, Anderson RL (1978) The desert shall rejoice: conflict, growth and justice in arid environments. MIT Press, Cambridge, MAGoogle Scholar
  34. Mayntz R (2004) Governance im modernen Staat. In: Benz A (ed) Governance – Regieren in komplexen Regelsystemen. Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, Wiesbaden, pp 65–76CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  35. Mayntz R (2006) Governance Theory als fortentwickelte Steuerungstheorie? In: Schuppert GF (ed) Governance-Forschung: Vergewisserung über Stand und Entwicklungslinien. Nomos Verlag, Baden-Baden, pp 11–20Google Scholar
  36. Medema W, McIntosh BS, Jeffrey PJ (2008) From premise to practice: a critical assessment of integrated water resources management. Ecol Soc 13(2):29. [online] URL: http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol13/iss22/art29/ Google Scholar
  37. Meinzen-Dick R (2007) Beyond panaceas in water institutions. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 104(39):15200–15205CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  38. Merrey DJ, Meinzen-Dick RS, Mollinga PP, Karar E (2007) Water for food, water for life. In: Molden D (ed) A comprehensive assessment of water management in agriculture. Earthscan, London, pp 193–232Google Scholar
  39. Netting RM (1981) Balancing on an Alp: ecological change and continuity in a Swiss Mountain Community. Cambridge University Press, CambridgeGoogle Scholar
  40. North DC (1990) Institutions, institutional change, and economic performance. Cambridge University Press, New YorkCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  41. Ostrom E (1990) Governing the commons: the evolution of institutions for collective action. Cambridge University Press, CambridgeCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  42. Ostrom E (2005) Understanding institutional diversity. Princeton University Press, PrincetonGoogle Scholar
  43. Ostrom E (2007) A diagnostic approach for going beyond panaceas. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 104(39):419–422Google Scholar
  44. Ostrom V, Tiebout CH, Warren R (1961) The organization of government in metropolitan areas: a theoretical inquiry. Am Polit Sci Rev 55:831–842CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  45. Pahl-Wostl C (2007) Transitions towards adaptive management of water facing climate and global change. Water Resour Manage 21(1):49–62. doi: 10.1007/s11269-006-9040-4 CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  46. Pahl-Wostl C (2009) A conceptual framework for analysing adaptive capacity and multi-level learning processes in resource governance regimes. Global Environ Change Hum Policy Dimens 19(3):354–365. doi: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2009.06.001 CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  47. Pierre J (2000) Debating governance. Oxford University Press, OxfordGoogle Scholar
  48. Rhodes RAW (2007) Understanding governance: ten years on. Org Stud 28:1243–1264CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  49. Rogers P, Hall AW (2003) Effective water governance. GWP TAC background papers no. 7. Global Water Partnership Technical Committee, http://www.gwpforum.org/servlet/PSP?iNodeID=215&itemId=197 Google Scholar
  50. Solanes M, Gonzalez-Villareal F (1999) The Dublin principles for water as reflected in a comparitive assessment of institutional and legal arrangement for integrated water resources management. Global Water Partnership: Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). http://info.worldbank.org/etools/docs/library/80638/IWRM4%5FTEC03%2DDublinPrinciples%2DSolanes%26Gonzales.pdf. Accessed 9 Dec 2008
  51. Thobani M (1995) Tradable property rights to water: how to improve water use and resolve the water conflicts, Finance & private sector development note no. 34. World Bank, Washington, DCGoogle Scholar
  52. Thompson G, Frnaces J, Levacic R, Mitchel J (1991) Markets, hierarchies and networks: the co-ordination of social life. Sage, LondonGoogle Scholar
  53. Treib O, Bähr H, Falkner G (2007) Modes of governance: towards a conceptual clarification. J Eur Public Policy 14(1):1–20CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  54. UNDP (1997) Governance for sustainable human development. United Nations Development Programme [Online]. http://mirror.undp.org/magnet/policy/
  55. Valdes JG (1995) Pinochet’s economists: The Chicago School of Economics in Chile (Historical perspectives on modern economics). Cambridge University Press, CambridgeGoogle Scholar
  56. WB (2002) Toward more operationally relevant indicators of governance. Prem notes no 49, Dec 2002Google Scholar
  57. Young O (2002) The institutional dimensions of environmental change: fit, interplay, and scale. MIT Press, Cambridge, MAGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research Group on Climate Change and Climate Impacts Institute for Environmental SciencesUniversity of GenevaCarougeSwitzerland

Personalised recommendations