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Practicing Polycentric Governance

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Type: Book Chapter
Author: Bruns, Bryan
Book Title: Governing Complexity: Analyzing and Applying Polycentricity
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Location: Cambridge UK
Page(s): 237-255
Date: 2019
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/10693
Sector: General & Multiple Resources
Subject(s): polycentricity
water resources
Abstract: "How can communities, associations, governments, and other organizations work better together? Principles for practicing polycentric governance include organizing at multiple scales, embracing self-governance, customizing solutions, and learning together. Communities working together to govern surface and groundwater commons in Rajasthan, India offer an example of challenges and opportunities for developing polycentric governance, as do various strategies to improve basin governance. Putting polycentric governance into practice can start with assessing how stakeholders are already interconnected and appreciative exploration of how they might improve their interactions. Institutional artisans can apply principles and mechanisms to craft overarching rules and other specific arrangements for polycentric governance. Polycentric governance can be facilitated by convening discussions among stakeholders, sharing knowledge, and empowering self-organized mutual adjustment."

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