Image Database Export Citations


Opponents and Supporters of Water Policy Change in the Netherlands and Hungary

Show full item record

Type: Journal Article
Author: Werners, Saskia E.; Warner, Jeroen; Roth, Dik
Journal: Water Alternatives
Volume: 3
Page(s): 26-47
Date: 2010
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/6425
Sector: Water Resource & Irrigation
Region: Europe
Subject(s): water management--policy
transitional economics
Abstract: "This paper looks at the role of individuals and the strategies that they use to bring about or oppose major policy change. Current analysis of the role that individuals or small collectives play in periods of major policy change has focused on strategies that reinforce change and on the supporters of change. This paper adds the perspective of opponents, and asks whether they use similar strategies as those identified for supporters. Five strategies are explored: developing new ideas, building coalitions to sell ideas, using windows of opportunity, playing multiple venues and orchestrating networks. Using empirical evidence from Dutch and Hungarian water policy change, we discuss whether individuals pursued these strategies to support or oppose major policy change. Our analysis showed the significance of recognition of a new policy concept at an abstract level by responsible government actors, as well as their engagement with a credible regional coalition that can contextualise and advocate the concept regionally. The strategies of supporters were also used by opponents of water policy change. Opposition was inherent to policy change, and whether or not government actors sought to engage with opponents influenced the realisation of water policy change."

Files in this item

Files Size Format View
Opponents and S ... of Water Policy Change.pdf 906.0Kb PDF View/Open

This item appears in the following document type(s)

Show full item record