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 7: The Dutch Land Use Re-ordering Process as a Multi-stakeholder Management Strategy

Katharine Owens


Katharine Owens INTRODUCTION 7.1 To address contemporary water issues in a balanced manner, without unduly impacting society, managers need receptive and adaptive strategies to synthesize the goals of disparate sectors. Managers need the ability to connect what may at first appear to be the incongruent goals of, for example, agricultural and nature conservation sectors. Rejecting isolated work and instead building connections between and among different actors and sectors can enable and fortify relevant and appropriate decision-making processes. Embracing this boundary work involves engaging in adaptive governance and yields integrated and interactive management solutions. The Dutch land use re-ordering process (landinrichting process) is a linking strategy attempting to bridge policy subsectors to work together in envisioning the future development of a given area. This chapter explores two cases of wetland policy implementation involving the land use reordering process, evaluating its application in these cases and highlighting the successes and failures in each scenario. In Section 7.2 the concepts boundary organizations and boundary objects are introduced, followed by the characterization of the land use re-ordering process in terms of institutional type in Section 7.3. In Sections 7.4 and 7.5 the Contextual Interaction Theory is described as it is used to analyze the cases, including variable specification and methodology. In Section 7.6 the descriptions and analysis for the two cases under scrutiny in this chapter are presented. In Sections 7.7 (discussion) and 7.8 (conclusions) the author details how the specific characteristics of the land use re-ordering process influence its usefulness as a boundary...

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