Comparative Analysis

Geerten J.I. Schrama

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    The comparative analysis undertaken in this chapter considers together the outcomes of the three national case studies, as well as those of the EU case study. In three distinctive steps the analysis is focused to the subject of the control capacity of the water supply sector — the dependent variable in the project. the first step is to present an overview of the policy networks and policy styles at the European and national level. the relevant policy issues concern the curbing of agricultural pollution in general, and water pollution by nitrates and pesticides in particular. the next step concentrates on the national policies intended to influence farmers’ behavior, in particular farmers in or near water catchment areas, who may affect the drinking water resources. the final step is the assessment of the actual control capacity of the water supply sector. the latter is the designation used for the water supply industry and the regional water authorities. Control capacity is the sum total of: (1) the mission and orientation of the organizations in the water supply sector; (2) the available organizational resources; (3) the selected steering strategies. the three steps are also summarized in table 11.1.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationDrinking Water Supply and Agricultural Pollution
    Subtitle of host publicationPreventive Action by the Water Supply Sector in the European Union and the United States
    EditorsGeerten J.I. Schrama
    Place of PublicationDordrecht/Boston/London
    PublisherKluwer Academic Publishers
    Number of pages24
    ISBN (Electronic)978-94-011-5106-1
    ISBN (Print)978-94-010-6145-2
    Publication statusPublished - 1998

    Publication series

    NameEnvironment & Policy
    PublisherKluwer Academic Publishers
    ISSN (Print)1383-5130


    • Policy instruments
    • Policy network
    • Compensation payment
    • Control capacity
    • Good agricultural practice


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