Comparative studies of water governance: A systematic review

Gül Özerol (Corresponding Author), Joanne Vinke-de Kruijf, Marie Claire Brisbois, Cesar Augusto Casiano Flores, Pranjal Deekshit, Corentin Girard, Christian Knieper, Jalal Mirnezami, Mar Ortega-Reig, Pranay Ranjan, Nadine Schröder , Barbara Schröter

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Abstract

Governance is key to tackling water challenges and transforming water management under the increasing pressures of competing water uses and climate change. Diverse water governance regimes have evolved in different countries and regions to regulate the development and management of water resources and the provision of water services. Scholars and policy analysts have been comparing these water governance regimes to analyze elements and processes, to assess performance, or to draw lessons. Although the number of such studies has increased since the 1980s, no comprehensive synthesis exists. We present such a synthesis by conducting a systematic review of the emerging field of comparative water governance studies, and we critically reflect on how water governance is defined, conceptualized, and assessed in different contexts. Based on the resultant insights, we identify four areas for future research: (1) improving the balance between small-, medium-, and large-N studies that are used in comparative studies of water governance; (2) conducting longitudinal comparisons of water governance to identify temporal governance trends and patterns; (3) expanding the geographical coverage of the comparisons to include underrepresented countries and regions, focusing more broadly on the global South; and (4) addressing the issues of justice, equity, and power, which are becoming increasingly important in tackling the water governance challenges that are exacerbated by the effects of climate change, industrialization, and urbanization.
Original languageEnglish
Article number43
JournalEcology and society
Volume23
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Dec 2018

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Özerol, Gül ; Vinke-de Kruijf, Joanne ; Brisbois, Marie Claire ; Casiano Flores, Cesar Augusto ; Deekshit, Pranjal ; Girard, Corentin ; Knieper, Christian ; Mirnezami, Jalal ; Ortega-Reig, Mar ; Ranjan, Pranay ; Schröder , Nadine ; Schröter , Barbara . / Comparative studies of water governance : A systematic review. In: Ecology and society. 2018 ; Vol. 23, No. 4.
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Özerol, G, Vinke-de Kruijf, J, Brisbois, MC, Casiano Flores, CA, Deekshit, P, Girard, C, Knieper, C, Mirnezami, J, Ortega-Reig, M, Ranjan, P, Schröder , N & Schröter , B 2018, 'Comparative studies of water governance: A systematic review' Ecology and society, vol. 23, no. 4, 43. https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-10548-230443

Comparative studies of water governance : A systematic review. / Özerol, Gül (Corresponding Author); Vinke-de Kruijf, Joanne ; Brisbois, Marie Claire; Casiano Flores, Cesar Augusto; Deekshit, Pranjal ; Girard, Corentin ; Knieper, Christian ; Mirnezami, Jalal ; Ortega-Reig, Mar ; Ranjan, Pranay ; Schröder , Nadine; Schröter , Barbara .

In: Ecology and society, Vol. 23, No. 4, 43, 17.12.2018.

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