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Community participation: exploring legitimacy in socio-ecological systems for environmental water governance

Godden, Lee and Ison, Ray (2019). Community participation: exploring legitimacy in socio-ecological systems for environmental water governance. Australasian Journal of Water Resources, 23(1) pp. 45–57.

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Abstract

Environmental water governance is a highly contested space in which the legitimacy of institutional and legal models for water managing relies heavily, but indirectly, upon the effectiveness of community engagement. Accordingly, this article explores the relationship between legitimacy and participatory forms of decision-making in relation to public institutions with responsibility for environmental water governance in Australia. This examination explores the role that law and systems theory, working as transdisciplinary, theoretically informed praxis, can bring to an understanding of socio-ecological systems for environmental water governance. The Olifants River case study in South Africa provides a counterpoint to the investigation of environmental water institutions in the Murray–Darling Basin in Australia. As a grounded analysis of emergent forms of community engagement, the South African model illustrates how systemic affordances can introduce greater flexibility and choice, and thereby enhance the legitimacy of environmental water governance.

Item Type: Journal Item
Keywords: Community and environmental water governance; legitimacy and water law; socio-ecological systems; community engagement; institutional change
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Item ID: 58766
Depositing User: Raymond Ison
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2019 17:14
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2019 07:58
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/58766
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