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Developing a Framework for Analyzing Partnerships for Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM): An Institutional Analysis of Watershed Partnerships in the U.S.

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Imperial, Mark T.
Conference: Design and Dynamics of Institutions for Collective Action: A Tribute to Prof. Elinor Ostrom, Second Thematic Conference of the IASC
Location: Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands
Conf. Date: 29 November - 1 December
Date: 2012
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/8642
Sector: Theory
Water Resource & Irrigation
Region: North America
Subject(s): water management
Abstract: "The last decade witnessed growth in research examining partnerships for integrated water resources management (IWRM) and it is now employed around the world in various physical, socio-economic, cultural, and institutional settings. Unfortunately, while scholars often examine what these partnerships 'do', they tend to give less attention to how their strategies and structures influence and control their processes. As a result, participants have little guidance when it comes to designing effective partnerships for IWRM. There is also little understanding of the life-cycles of these partnerships or the factors that allow the partnerships to endure as they progress through their developmental stages. The objective of this paper is to develop a framework that can be used to examine the structure of the partnerships associated with IWRM. Its central argument is that while participants in an IWRM program should think holistically when framing problems, they should act strategically because there are practical limits to how much any collection of policies and programs can or should be 'integrated'."

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