Governance and Complexity in Water Management
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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.
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Chapter 1: Innovations in Water Management Requiring Boundary Spanning: Roots and Concepts

Kris Lulofs and Hans Bressers


Kris Lulofs and Hans Bressers INTRODUCTION 1.1 This chapter starts with a historical outline of the role of water and water managers in society. Three eras of water management will be described that present the largest common dominators in the landscape of water management’s history. In the preamble to the third era of water management new and renewed issues call for new approaches. During the last decades some innovative strategies were developed which will be outlined. Taken together these steps describe the context in which the conceptual foci of this book are explicated and embedded. The chapter structure is as follows: the historical landscape of the role of water management in society, as briefly touched upon in the Preface, is elaborated in Section 1.2. In Section 1.3 the innovative approaches in water management as they developed during the last decades will be outlined (in Section 1.3.1). The underlying contrasting principles of parsimony and redundancy are discussed in Section 1.3.2. This leads to a role and task model for craftsmanship of twenty-first century water managers. In this context, concepts such as dealing with boundaries, dimensions of boundaries and boundary spanning strategies are introduced and explained in Section 1.4. Section 1.5 summarizes the chapter. 1.2 THREE WATER MANAGEMENT ERAS Starting early in history quantitative water management had played an essential role in societies. Water was often the single most important factor for communities to grow and prosper. Alongside seas, rivers and other water bodies people settled and started economic and social activities....

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