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The Politics of Scale, Position, and Place in the Governance of Water Resources in the Mekong Region

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dc.contributor.author Lebel, Louis en_US
dc.contributor.author Garden, Po en_US
dc.contributor.author Imamura, Masao en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:50:39Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:50:39Z
dc.date.issued 2005 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2009-05-08 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2009-05-08 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/2498
dc.description.abstract "The appropriate scales for science, management, and decision making cannot be unambiguously derived from physical characteristics of water resources. Scales are a joint product of social and biophysical processes. The politics-of-scale metaphor has been helpful in drawing attention to the ways in which scale choices are constrained overtly by politics, and more subtly by choices of technologies, institutional designs, and measurements. In doing so, however, the scale metaphor has been stretched to cover a lot of different spatial relationships. In this paper, we argue that there are benefits to understanding--and actions to distinguish--issues of scale from those of place and position. We illustrate our arguments with examples from the governance of water resources in the Mekong region, where key scientific information is often limited to a few sources. Acknowledging how actors' interests fit along various spatial, temporal, jurisdictional, and other social scales helps make the case for innovative and more inclusive means for bringing multi-level interests to a common forum. Deliberation can provide a check on the extent of shared understanding and key uncertainties." en_US
dc.subject water resources en_US
dc.subject governance and politics en_US
dc.subject scale en_US
dc.title The Politics of Scale, Position, and Place in the Governance of Water Resources in the Mekong Region en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.coverage.region East Asia en_US
dc.coverage.country Vietnam en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.subject.sector Water Resource & Irrigation en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Ecology and Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 10 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 2 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth December en_US

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