Connecting levels and disciplines: connective capacity of institutions and actors explored

Bettini, Yvette, Rijke, Jeroen, Farrelly, Megan and Brown, Rebekah (2013). Connecting levels and disciplines: connective capacity of institutions and actors explored. In Jurian Edelenbos, Nanny Bressers and Peter Scholten (Ed.), Water Governance as Connective Capacity (pp. 129-149) Farnham, Surrey, UK: Ashgate Publishing.

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Author Bettini, Yvette
Rijke, Jeroen
Farrelly, Megan
Brown, Rebekah
Title of chapter Connecting levels and disciplines: connective capacity of institutions and actors explored
Title of book Water Governance as Connective Capacity
Place of Publication Farnham, Surrey, UK
Publisher Ashgate Publishing
Publication Year 2013
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
ISBN 9781409447467
Editor Jurian Edelenbos
Nanny Bressers
Peter Scholten
Chapter number 7
Start page 129
End page 149
Total pages 21
Total chapters 17
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Water is an ideal resource to illustrate the theme of this book. Its role in sustaining life makes it a fundamental connector between all organisms and substances on this planet. However, the arrangements that govern its management far from account for these diverse functions, protect its sources and receiving environments, or distribute it equitably. With highly modified landscapes, dense populations and diverse consumptive needs, the urban environment adds to the complexity of water management. Within this complex setting, this chapter explores features of connective capacity, drawing together contemporary urban water governance research from Australia. The water scarcity experience of Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia, is explored to reveal how connective capacity can enable changes to water governance in response to a significant environmental driver. Through this case, two carriers of connective capacity are examined; urban water institutions and actors. Whilst the nature and interplay of these carriers is explored within an urban water supply context, the case also considers broader sectors and disciplines, including water service provision, drainage management, waterway health, spatial planning and public health. Interactions between these different disciplines reveal connective capacity within the urban water institutional settings and through processes of agency. We describe how institutions enable and bound connective capacity across different government levels and disciplines of the urban water sector, whilst actors set the magnitude and potential impact of connective capacity through interaction and leadership processes. We conclude with some key implications of connective capacity for adaptive governance.
Keyword Institutional analysis
Actor network analysis
Water governance
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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