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Modernization and Reform of Dutch Waterboards: Resilience or Change?

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Toonen, Theo A. J.; Dijkstra, Gerrit S. A.; van der Meer, F. M.
Conference: Workshop on the Workshop 3
Location: Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
Conf. Date: June 2-6
Date: 2004
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/6494
Sector: Water Resource & Irrigation
Region: Europe
Subject(s): institutional change
common pool resources
water resources
community participation
Abstract: "Given its geographical conditions water management has always been a vital precondition of life in the Netherlands. This in particular pertains to the issues of water quantity (waterkwantiteit), water quality (waterkwaliteit) and water containment(waterkering). Water and water management in all its manifestations certainly in the Netherlands may be considered as 'Commons' in more than one way. Commons consists of natural (water, fisheries, and nature areas) or cultural (man-made) resources (dykes; polders, markets; institutional designs, institutions; safety, protection, trust). Specific institutional arrangements – sometimes ‘commons’ in themselves - are needed to guarantee the durability and sustainability of the use of these resources."

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