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Water policy reform and innovation: A systematic review
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Stockholm Resilience Centre. Brock University, Canada.
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2014 (English)In: Environmental Science and Policy, ISSN 1462-9011, E-ISSN 1873-6416, Vol. 38, 263-271 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A growing need for innovation in water policy is increasingly recognized within water policy and governance scholarship, but the types of innovation and changes being considered or undertaken, and the conditions that enable or hinder those changes remain unclear. A systematic review of water policy reform literature was undertaken to investigate how innovation is defined in this area of scholarship and the enabling conditions or barriers shaping the innovation process. The findings of the review demonstrated that the mainstream water policy reform scholarship that examines innovation is limited. A small portion of the water policy reform literature that addresses innovation considers different types of policy changes as innovative. Therefore, the results are used to propose a typology of water policy innovations. Furthermore, the results demonstrated that preliminary knowledge about the role of policy entrepreneurs, networks, social learning, adaptive approaches, and niche experiments in the innovation process emerge in a sub-set of the water policy reform literature.

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2014. Vol. 38, 263-271 p.
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Water policy, Systematic review, Water governance, Policy innovation, Social innovation
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Earth and Related Environmental Sciences Biological Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-103279DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2014.01.007ISI: 000333720300025OAI: diva2:718255


Available from: 2014-05-20 Created: 2014-05-12 Last updated: 2014-10-01Bibliographically approved

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