Theoretical Framework

Geerten J.I. Schrama

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    The theoretical relevance of this study concerns the operation of intermediary organizations at the regional or local level in the implementation of national and European policies. In this chapter the theoretical framework is presented, which draws in general on the policy network approach. ‘Control capacity’ is the central concept of this research project. It concerns the water supply sector and its in relation to the protection of drinking water resources from agricultural pollution. Control capacity is the capability of influencing social processes, in this case the behavior of a particular group of farmers. the concept of control capacity is constituted by three aspects: (1) mission and orientation of the organizations involved, in this case the constituents of the water supply sector, with respect to the policy issue; (2) the available organizational resources and their willingness to apply them for the cause; and (3) the steering strategies chosen in the application of these resources. the mobilization of intermediaries and their control capacity runs parallel to direct attempts to influence the relevant social processes, which is represented in figure 2.1.
    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
    • Organizational resource
    • Policy community
    • Policy network
    • Control capacity


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