Monthly Archives: July 2014

The territorial trap, triadic critique of state as actor in IR/IO theorization

Considering the most recent framing of my research question, the two cases will help to illustrate how domestic policies have shaped transboundary water governance processes. Both of these examples come from Furlong (2006), and challenge the triad of the regime … Continue reading

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Research question – take 3!

Recognizing that my research focus and question was getting a little 1) convoluted, and 2) difficult to find empirical evidence for, M-L suggested a way to simplify. This is in line with what ST suggested as well last we spoke. … Continue reading

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Reed, M. G., & Bruyneel, S. (2010). Rescaling environmental governance, rethinking the state: A three-dimensional review. Progress in Human Geography, 34(5), 646–653

This article provides a critical perspective on the notion of multi-level governance and the perceived ‘hollowing-out’ of the state. Though multi-level governance implies inclusion of a variety of actors at different scales, all engaged in management over a resources, or … Continue reading

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Toly, Noah. (2011). “Cities, the environment, and global governance: A political ecological perspective” in Amen, M., Toly, N., McCarney, P., & Segbers, K. (2011). Cities and global governance: new sites for international relations. Burlington, VT: Ashgate.

In this chapter, Toly makes an interesting point, similar to what Conca (2006) refers to in his critique of a regime approach to global environmental degradation. Toly states “patterns of global production, distribution, and consumption shape local distributions of environmental … Continue reading

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Suhardiman, D., & Giordano, M. (2012). Process-focused analysis in transboundary water governance research. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 12(3), 299–308.

A good review paper of a series of articles from a special section in the journal. Current research directions on transboundary water governance processes are noting the role played by actors at scales above and below the formal state level; … Continue reading

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Molle, F. (2008). Nirvana concepts, narratives and policy models: Insight from the water sector. Water Alternatives, 1(1), 131–156.

Nirvana concepts, narratives and models have all been used to propagate certain policies and decision-making in the water sector. Each of these ‘discursive objects’ are used to design policies and support particular agendas, for better or worse. In a nutshell, … Continue reading

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Cohen, A., & Davidson, S. (2011). The watershed approach: challenges, antecedents, and the transition from technical tool to governance unit. Water Alternatives, 4(1), 1–14.

This article provides a very unique and interesting critique of the watershed governance approach. The authors argue that watersheds, as a governance tool, are often conflated with other governance tools, such as IWRM or ‘integration’. A number of challenges associated … Continue reading

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Walker, B., & Salt, D. (2012). Resilience Practices: Building Capacity to Absorb Disturbance and Maintain Function. Island Press.

A foundational, and easily accessible piece! This should have been ground zero for my first foray with resilience. Walker and Salt provide a concise and accessible overview of resilience theory, supported by numerous case studies from around the world. They … Continue reading

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Martin-Breen, P., & Anderies, J. M. (2011). Resilience: A Literature Review.

Resilience of what, to what? And, resilience for whom? These are the key questions that must be asked before the notion of resilience theory and its application to complex adaptive systems makes any sense. Resilience can be good. It can allow for adaptation, innovation, … Continue reading

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Green, O. et al. (2013). Resilience in Transboundary Water Governance : the Okavango River. Ecology and Society, 18(2).

This article uses the Okavango River Basin, and specifically OKACOM, to illustrate two fundamental issues for resilience in a transboundary watershed: 1) key components for adaptive governance that can foster resilient social-ecological systems, and, 2) treaty elements for institutional and … Continue reading

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