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 10: Guidance Schemes for the Boundary Spanner

Jan van der Molen and Kris Lulofs


Jan van der Molen and Kris Lulofs INTRODUCTION 10.1 In this chapter we present guidance for operational management of boundary spanning efforts. This will be done by introducing four guidance schemes. In order to be able to clarify and illustrate how the schemes could be used in practice, a boundary spanning case across national borders will be presented. The core questions elaborated by the guidance schemes as presented in this chapter are: what kind of process conditions and circumstances should be paid attention to; which choices can be made; how can choices on relevant aspects be brought in balance and be lined up with the ambitions? The presented guidance schemes, the choice of the seven differences and the suggested ways to cope with them are based on the literature (Otto, 2000; Kaats et al., 2005) and ideas and personal boundary spanning experience of the authors.1 In Section 10.2 the case of cross-border boundary spanning in the Vecht river basin will be introduced. Briefly the characteristics of the river basin and the core characteristics of public administration systems at both sides of the border will be summarized. Also the history of efforts on crossborder cooperation as far as relevant in this chapter will be summarized. In Section 10.3 four guidance schemes will be introduced, explained and illustrated based on the literature (Otto, 2000; Kaats et al., 2005) and ideas and personal boundary spanning experience of the authors. In subsections the following topics are outlined: ● ● ● ● managing out, the external perspective on boundary...

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