Governance and Complexity in Water Management

Governance and Complexity in Water Management

Creating Cooperation through Boundary Spanning Strategies

Edited by Hans Bressers and Kris Lulofs

The premise of this book is that careful reconsideration of strategies to achieve water management ambitions, together with more in-depth knowledge on the theories and practices of boundary spanning, could bring solutions for contemporary water problems within reach.

Chapter 9: Rethinking Boundaries in Implementation Processes

Jaap Evers

Subjects: environment, environmental governance and regulation, environmental politics and policy, management natural resources, water, politics and public policy, environmental politics and policy


Jaap Evers INTRODUCTION 9.1 Implementation of ambitious water management projects is often hampered by conflicting interests arising from the complexity of the governance system. There might be some possibilities for improvement that deserve consideration. In this context two approaches towards project implementation will be presented in this chapter and the pros and cons assessed: among others, by presenting a case study in which a serial perspective on implementation got stuck by unforeseen dynamics and, in the end, was amended by elements of parallel implementation. The approaches are called serial and parallel implementation. The general debate on parsimonious and redundant policy approaches in water management, which began in Chapter 1, will be applied and elaborated specifically with regard to its implications for implementation. This issue has been previously discussed by Geldof (2001, 2004) when he introduced the concept of interactive implementation which is considered to be a synonym for parallel implementation. The emerging phenomena during implementation will be investigated in this chapter by an analysis of the role of boundary judgments and boundary spanning as assumed by the two approaches. No single solution is offered in the sense that one approach is always better than the other. What can be offered is guidance in when to apply which approach, to what extent they can be combined and some strategies and notes on personal competences. In Section 9.2 the serial and parallel approaches towards implementation will be introduced and positioned. In Section 9.3 the implementation case will be presented and analyzed. In...

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