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The International Water Soft Path: Possibilities and Challenges in a New Era of Global Water Affairs

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dc.contributor.author Kraff, David
dc.date.accessioned 2015-05-14T19:40:57Z
dc.date.available 2015-05-14T19:40:57Z
dc.date.issued 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/9732
dc.description.abstract "The purpose of this study is two-fold: first, to demonstrate how any serious consideration of what experts tell us about how to best manage water resources in a new era of global water challenges begs the central question above; and second, to offer a strategy for how to answer it. This study uses Elinor Ostrom’s recently developed social-ecological system framework to diagnose and compare four cases of international transboundary water situations. Ostrom’s new tool allows for analysis that provides a better understanding of when states might manage shared water resources using soft path approaches. Qualitative analysis about international water norms is also used in order to provide appropriate context for the analysis conducted using Ostrom’s framework. Conclusions are drawn that the international system is largely not ready for the integrated soft path management of transboundary water resources. However, five variables are identified as affecting the likelihood that states will manage shared waters using soft path approaches, which is itself an indication that Ostrom’s new framework is a valid tool for addressing this topic. Finally, this study appeals to a form of ecological political consciousness as a means of working towards sustainable water management at the global level." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject water management en_US
dc.subject cooperation en_US
dc.subject social-ecological systems en_US
dc.title The International Water Soft Path: Possibilities and Challenges in a New Era of Global Water Affairs en_US
dc.type Thesis or Dissertation en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.publisher.workingpaperseries Portland State University en_US
dc.type.thesistype Masters Thesis en_US
dc.subject.sector Water Resource & Irrigation en_US

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