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Brokering Water Quality Narratives: The Role of Boundary Organizations in a Collaborative Governance Approach to Agricultural Nonpoint Source Pollution

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dc.contributor.author Rudnick, Jessica
dc.date.accessioned 2019-09-18T17:48:13Z
dc.date.available 2019-09-18T17:48:13Z
dc.date.issued 2019 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/10602
dc.description.abstract "In complex social-ecological systems, collaborative governance approaches reliant on boundary organizations are theorized to facilitate cooperation between actors in conflict and build the trust necessary to achieve desired policy outcomes. These boundary organizations or “policy brokers” can serve as leaders to empower stakeholders to participate in governance and decision-making processes and mediate challenging discussions to resolve points of conflict. In addition to brokering policy options, boundary organizations also play a role in brokering policy narratives, thus shaping different actors’ perceptions of the policy process, willingness to participate, and policy preferences. This paper integrates policy process theories, and specifically the Narrative Policy Framework, with literatures from science communication, translational ecology and organizational management on boundary organizations in a novel way to explore the use of narratives by boundary organizations. To concretize this theoretical integration, I present an empirical case study of boundary organizations serving to implement a nonpoint source water pollution regulatory program in California. As the first regulatory nonpoint source program in the United States, California’s Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program takes a decentralized, collaborative governance approach, in which local water quality coalitions operating as boundary organizations build cooperation among stakeholders and implement regulations to reduce nonpoint source pollution from agriculture. Using a mixed methods approach to integrate interview, survey and participant observation data, I evaluate when and how the coalitions use policy narratives, what narrative strategies they employ, and the efficacy of those narratives in establishing themselves as effective boundary spanners and reaching collaborative governance goals." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.title Brokering Water Quality Narratives: The Role of Boundary Organizations in a Collaborative Governance Approach to Agricultural Nonpoint Source Pollution en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region North America en_US
dc.coverage.country United States en_US
dc.subject.sector Water Resource & Irrigation en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference In Defense of the Commons: Challenges, Innovation and Action, the Seventeenth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates July 1-5 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Lima, Peru en_US

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