Mechanisms for inclusive governance

Ison, Raymond L. and Wallis, Philip J. (2017). Mechanisms for inclusive governance. In: Karar, Eiman ed. Freshwater Governance for the 21st Century. Global Issues in Water Policy (6). Springer, pp. 159–185.



How mechanisms for inclusive governance are understood is built on the framing choices that are made about governance and that which is being governed. This chapter unpacks how governance can be understood and considers different historical and contemporary framings of water governance. A framing of “governance as praxis” is developed as a central element in the chapter. What makes governance inclusive is explored, drawing on theoretical, practical and institutional aspects before elucidating some of the different mechanisms currently used or proposed for creating inclusive water governance (though we argue against praxis based on simple mechanism). Finally, the factors that either constrain or enable inclusive water governance are explored with a focus on systemic concepts of learning and feedback.

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