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Water 2013, 5(2), 640-642; doi:10.3390/w5020640

New Book Received *
Water Governance as Connective Capacity. By Jurian Edelenbos, Nanny Bressers and Peter Scholten, Ashgate, 2013; 374 Pages. Price £58.50, ISBN 978-1-4094-4746-7
Shu-Kun Lin
MDPI AG, Kandererstrasse 25, CH-4057 Basel, Switzerland
Received: 29 May 2013 / Accepted: 30 May 2013 / Published: 3 June 2013

The following paragraphs are reproduced from the website of the publisher [1].

Water is becoming one of the world’s most crucial concerns. A third of the world’s population has severe water shortage, while three quarters of the global population lives in deltas which run the risk of severe flooding. In addition, many more face problems of poor water quality.

While it is apparent that drastic action should be taken, in reality, water problems are complex and not at all easy to resolve. There are many stakeholders involved—industries, local municipalities, farmers, the recreational sector, environmental organizations, and others—who all approach the problems and possible solutions differently. This requires delicate ways of governing multi-actor processes.

This book approaches the concept of “water management” from an interdisciplinary and non-technical, but governance orientation. It departs from the fragmented nature of water management, showing how these lack cooperation, joint responsibility and integration and instead argues that the capacity to connect to other domains, levels, scales, organizations and actors is of utmost importance. Connective capacity revolves around connecting arrangements (such as institutions), actors (for instance individuals) and approaches (such as instruments). These three carriers of connectedness can be applied to different focal points (the objects of fragmentation and integration in water management).

The book distinguishes five different focal points: (1) government layers and levels; (2) sectors and domains; (3) time orientation of the long and the short term; (4) perceptions and actor frames; (5) public and private spheres. Each contributor pays attention to a specific combination of one focal point and one connective carrier. Bringing together case studies from countries including The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Romania, Sweden, Finland, Italy, India, Canada and the United States, the book focuses on the question of how to deal with the various sources of fragmentation in water governance by organizing meaningful connections and developing “connective capacity”. In doing so, it provides useful scientific and practical insights into how “connective capacity” in water governance can be enhanced.

Table of Contents

List of Figures vii
List of Tables ix
List of Contributors xi
Acknowledgements xix
1Introduction: Conceptualizing Connective Capacity in Water Governance 1
Jurian Edelenbos, Nanny Bressers and Peter Scholten
2The Role of Political-public Leadership for Connective Capacity in Water Governance 27
Peter Scholten and Jurian Edelenbos
3Connective Capacity in a Dynamic Context: Changing Water Governance Structures in Romania 49
Joanne Vinke-de Kruijf, Stefan Kuks and Denie Augustijn
4Connecting Multiple Levels of Governance for Adaptation to Climate Change in Advanced Industrial States 69
Carina Keskitalo, Sirkku Juhola and Lisa Westerhoff
5Framing and Linking Space for the Grensmaas: Opportunities and Limitations to Boundary Spanning in Dutch River Management 89
Jeroen Warner
6The Climate Game: Connecting Water Management and Spatial Planning through Simulation Gaming? 109
Qiqi Zhou, Geertje Bekebrede, Igor Mayer, Jeroen Warmerdam and Maxim Knepflé
7Connecting Levels and Disciplines: Connective Capacity of Institutions and Actors Explored 129
Yvette Bettini, Jeroen Rijke, Megan Farrelly and Rebekah Brown
8Short-term and Long-term Tensions in Water Programs: The Role of Leadership and Organization 151
Nanny Bressers and Ytsen Deelstra
9Connecting Long and Short-term via Envisioning in Transition Arenas 171
Josee van Eijndhoven, Niki Frantzeskaki and Derk Loorbach
10Connecting Time Spans in Regional Water Governance: Managing Projects as Stepping-stones to a Climate Proof Delta Region 191
Corniel van Leeuwen and Arwin van Buuren
11Framing Strategies and Connective Capacity in Water Governance Policy: The Case of the Second Delta Committee 211
Simon Verduijn
12Bridging Knowledge Frames and Networks in Climate and Water Governance 229
Art Dewulf, Marcela Brugnach, Catrien Termeer and Helen Ingram
13Values Connecting Societies and Water Systems 249
Jacko van Ast, Jan Jaap Bouma and Mansee Bal
14Creating Legitimacy in Water Governance Networks through Complexity Sensitive Management 267
Jurian Edelenbos, Ingmar van Meerkerk and Erik Hans Klijn
15The Influence of Connective Capacity on the Legitimacy of Flood Management 291
Miriam Cuppen and Joanna Pardoe
16Great Lakes Water Governance: A Transboundary Inter-Regime Analysis 315
Cheryl de Boer and Gail Krantzberg
17Conclusions: Towards a Synchronization Perspective of Connective Capacity in Water Governance 333
Jurian Edelenbos, Nanny Bressers and Peter Scholten

* Editor’s Note

The brief summary and the contents of the books are reported as provided by the author or the publishers. Authors and publishers are encouraged to send review copies of their recent books of potential interest to readers of Water to the Publisher [Dr. Shu-Kun Lin, Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI), Kandererstrasse 25, CH-4057 Basel, Switzerland. Tel. +41-61-683-77-34; Fax: +41-61-302-89-18, E-Mail:]. Some books will be offered to the scholarly community for the purpose of preparing full-length reviews.


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