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Water Scarcity in England and Wales as a Failure of (Meta)Governance

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dc.contributor.author Walker, Gareth
dc.date.accessioned 2014-08-25T15:32:38Z
dc.date.available 2014-08-25T15:32:38Z
dc.date.issued 2014 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/9526
dc.description.abstract "The water crisis is often said to be a crisis of governance failure rather than of availability per se; yet the sources of this failure are poorly understood. This paper examines contemporary water scarcity in England and Wales as a failure of ecological modernity, in which technical and institutional innovation is promoted as a means of increasing economic efficiency in the allocation and use of water resources. The role of the state in fostering this innovation is explored through exploring a shift from 'government' to 'governance'. The paper employs Jessop's theory of meta-governance to examine governance failure. Meta-governance represents the capacity of the state to flank or support the emergence of specific forms of governance through mobilising material or symbolic resources. Three sources of governance failure are explored: (1) the nature of capitalist exchange and its resulting production of nature, (2) the political dimensions implicit in meta-governance, and (3) the nature of governance as a task of self-organisation. The model is then applied to the rise of water scarcity in England and Wales from the 1970s to the present day. The utility of the model in analysing governance failure is discussed." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject water management en_US
dc.subject privatization en_US
dc.subject scarcity en_US
dc.title Water Scarcity in England and Wales as a Failure of (Meta)Governance en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region Europe en_US
dc.coverage.country United Kingdom en_US
dc.subject.sector Water Resource & Irrigation en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Water Alternatives en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 7 en_US
dc.identifier.citationpages 388-413 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 2 en_US

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