Integrated Regional Water Management: Collaboration or Water Politics as Usual?

38 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2009 Last revised: 15 Sep 2009

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Mark Lubell

University of California, Davis

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

This paper analyzes the effectiveness of integrated regional water management (IRWM) in the San Francisco Bay-Area of California for decreasing fragmentation and increasing collaboration among water management stakeholders. The theory identifies the elements of traditional water management politics that lead to fragmentation and conflict. The water-politics-as-usual model is then compared to the collaborative model of integrated water management. The evolution of IRWM in California is briefly described. A survey of Bay Area stakeholders is used to assess whether participation in the Bay Area IRWM achieves the goals of collaboration and integration. The basic results suggest the Bay Area has made only incremental progress away from the fragmentation and conflict seen in the past.

Keywords: environmental policy, water management, collective action, institutions, public policy

Suggested Citation

Lubell, Mark, Integrated Regional Water Management: Collaboration or Water Politics as Usual? (2009). APSA 2009 Toronto Meeting Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1450813

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