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Water 2018, 10(10), 1475; https://doi.org/10.3390/w10101475

Discovering the Political Implications of Coproduction in Water Governance

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Department of Environmental Politics, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research—UFZ, Permoserstraße 15, 04318 Leipzig, Germany
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Water Management, Faculty of Engineering Technology, University of Twente. Drienerlolaan 5, 7522 NB Enschede, The Netherlands
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Received: 17 August 2018 / Revised: 14 October 2018 / Accepted: 17 October 2018 / Published: 19 October 2018
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Abstract

This paper asks what lessons can be learned from experiences with coproduction in water governance. For this, we review a comprehensive corpus of articles in the field of water governance that relies on the term. We find that there are radically different understandings of what coproduction means in different branches of the water governance literature. Through this review, we demonstrate how and why coproduction needs to be analyzed for its political implications. Despite being timely and pressing, these questions are not addressed in a sufficient way by the scholarly debate on coproduction. In order to fill this knowledge gap, we first distinguish different historical traditions of coproduction and then explore their political implications along three questions: The “why?”, the “who?”, and the “how?”. We show that these questions find different answers not just between but also within different traditions of using the term. After describing and contrasting these variants, we conclude by summarizing the main lessons from our review and by identifying questions which call for future research. View Full-Text
Keywords: coproduction; stakeholder participation; water governance; complexity; integrated management; adaptive management; polycentric regimes; transformation towards sustainability; politics of water coproduction; stakeholder participation; water governance; complexity; integrated management; adaptive management; polycentric regimes; transformation towards sustainability; politics of water
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Lepenies, R.; Hüesker, F.; Beck, S.; Brugnach, M. Discovering the Political Implications of Coproduction in Water Governance. Water 2018, 10, 1475.

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