International Journal of Water Governance, Volume 1

This is the very first issue of this journal. The aim of this journal is to become a source of knowledge on governance of complex water systems, and a source of inspiration for professionals in the water domain to improve the governance capacity. The journal intends to focus on actual and urgent theoretical issues and bring them further by application and elaboration in the domains of water. From a variety of disciplines, it will gather new insights on what constitutes the governance capacity with regard to specific topics, such as water quality, flooding and scarcity.


Volume 1, No. 1-2, January 2013
International Journal of Water Governance (IJWG)

Water governance: Facing the limits of managerialism, determinism, water-centricity, and technocratic problem-solving, G.R. Teisman, M.W. van Buuren, J. Edelenbos and J.F. Warner

The Spanish water “pressure cooker”: Threading the interplay between resource resilient water governance outcomes by strengthening the robustness of water governance processes,  E, Lopez-Gunn, B. Willarts, J. Corominas and R. Llamas     

Adaptation of irrigated agriculture to adversity and variability under conditions of drought and likely climate change: Interaction between water institutions and social norms, A. Dinar and U. Jammalamadaka     

Can water governance deepen democracy in South Africa? Towards a new social charter for mining, A.R, Turton    

Water governance capacity: The art of dealing with a multiplicity of levels, sectors and domains, G.R. Teisman and J. Edelenbos

Remediable institutional alignment and water service reform: Beyond rational choice, E. Lobina

Water governance regimes: Dimensions and dynamics, S.M.M. Kuks and H.Th.A. Bressers   

Knowledge for water governance: Trends, limits and challenges, M.W. van Buuren

The scientific domains covered in IJWG, all related to the governance question, are: public management, law, sociology, economics, planning, environmental sciences, risk management and innovation studies.

The publishers aim to develop a strategy in which the disciplinary contributions are confronted and combined in order to achieve a more interdisciplinary approach of water governance. 

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