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The political ontology of collaborative water governance.

Harrington, Cameron (2017) 'The political ontology of collaborative water governance.', Water international., 42 (3). pp. 254-270.


This article examines the various definitions of, and analytical approaches to, collaborative water governance (CWG). While the concept’s usage has increased over the past decade, there lacks any deep engagement with the concept of the political at the heart of CWG. This article argues that contemporary approaches to CWG risk emptying the concept of its utility and coherence. Correcting this deficiency requires a focus on the social and ideational constructions of water. This will strengthen future collaborative water arrangements and enable deeper appreciation of the ways the political makes and remakes what is possible in water governance.

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Date accepted:18 March 2017
Date deposited:06 December 2017
Date of first online publication:12 April 2017
Date first made open access:12 April 2018

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