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The unique role of municipalities in integrated watershed governance arrangements: a new research frontier
Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University.
Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University.
Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Law, Department of Law.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5613-4006
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2019 (English)In: Ecology & society, ISSN 1708-3087, E-ISSN 1708-3087, Vol. 24, no 1, article id 28Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Local governments, or municipalities, play a key role in water governance around the world owing to the many administrative competencies they hold, ranging from water service delivery to urban planning. However, the ability of municipalities to carry out their competencies effectively depends in large part on the characteristics of the institutional arrangements in which they are embedded. In particular, the relationship between municipalities and watershed governance institutions has received little attention in the literature on polycentric and multilevel governance. Drawing on insights from diverse cases around the world, we argue that empirical research must pay closer attention to the links, or lack thereof, between municipalities and watershed governance institutions to improve the sustainability of water governance outcomes in practice. We identify a set of critical issues affecting municipalities’ engagement in governance at the watershed scale that broadly apply across different contexts, and which we argue deserve more attention in future research: (1) disconnect and ambiguities of authority across hierarchical levels; (2) internal and external challenges to municipalities engaging in effective collaborations; (3) barriers to expanding the scope of traditional municipal affairs; and (4) misalignment of biophysical, institutional, and political timescales.

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2019. Vol. 24, no 1, article id 28
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basin councils, institutional fit, local governments, multilevel governance, polycentric governance
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-379216DOI: 10.5751/ES-10793-240128ISI: 000464153200028OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-379216DiVA, id: diva2:1296105
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EU, Horizon 2020, 660394Swedish Research CouncilSwedish Research Council FormasAvailable from: 2019-03-13 Created: 2019-03-13 Last updated: 2019-04-30Bibliographically approved

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