Record nummer 2213662
Titel From network structure to policy design in water protection : a comparative perspective on micropollutants in the Rhine River Riparian Countries
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Florence Metz
Auteur(s) Metz, Florence
Uitgever Cham, Switzerland : Springer
Jaar van uitgave 2017
Pagina's 1 online resource
Titel van reeks Springer water
Annotatie(s) Includes bibliographical references  toon alle annotatie(s)
List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Annexes
1 Introduction
1.1 Micropollutants in Surface Water-A New Policy Field
1.2 Do Policy Networks Matter to Explain Policy Design?
1.3 Structure of This Book
2 Comparing Policy Designs in Water Protection: Micropollutants Policies in the Rhine River Riparian States
2.1 Policy Design
2.1.1 What Is Policy Design?
2.1.2 Lessons from Previous Research and Moving Toward a New Approach First-Generation Policy Design Scholars Second-Generation Policy Design Scholars2.1.2.3 Third-Generation Policy Scholars Lessons from Previous Research and Moving Toward a New Approach
2.1.3 A New Approach to Policy Design: The Policy Comprehensiveness Index
2.2 Policy Comprehensiveness Index: Data, Method, Operationalization
2.2.1 Data Collection
2.2.2 Index Construction and Operationalization of Indicators Identification of Relevant Indicators Transformation into Uniform Units Weighing Indicators Generating an Indexed Measure of Utility Sensitivity Analysis
2.3 Micropollutants Policies Along the Rhine River2.3.1 Micropollutants and Rhine River
2.3.2 The EU Policy Framework on Water Protection
2.3.3 The Swiss Micropollutants Policy Switzerland: The Amendment Process of the Waters Protection Act and Ordinance Indexing the Swiss Waters Protection Act and Ordinance
2.3.4 The German Micropollutants Policy Germany: The Adoption Process of the Surface Water Ordinance Indexing the German Surface Water Ordinance
2.3.5 The French Micropollutants Policy France: The Adoption Process of the 'Plan Micropolluants' Indexing the French 'Plan Micropollutants'
2.3.6 The Dutch Micropollutants Policy The Netherlands: Policy Project on Pharmaceutical Micropollutants Indexing the Dutch Policy Project on Pharmaceutical Micropollutants
2.3.7 Summary of the Comprehensiveness of Policy Designs on Micropollutants
3 Water Policy Networks-The Structural Perspective
3.1 Policy Networks
3.1.1 The Network Approach to Policymaking
3.1.2 Characteristics of Policy Networks
3.2 Network Structure: Data, Method, Operationalization3.2.1 Data Collection for Policy Network Structure Policy Actors Conceptualizing Policymaking Processes as Policy Networks Definition of Network Boundary and Key Actors Questionnaire Design, Mixed-Mode Survey, and Contact Procedures Response Rates
3.2.2 Social Network Analysis
3.2.3 Operationalization of Policy Network Structure Belief Cohesion Interconnectedness Coalition Formation Coalition Structure Brokerage Entrepreneurship
ISBN 9783319556932; 3319556932
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Trefwoorden (fast) Water Pollution / Water resources development Government policy
Publicatie type Boek
Taal Engels
Toelichting (Engels) The book examines a new concern in water quality policy, namely aquatic micropollutants. Micropollutants are chemicals detected in small concentrations in waterbodies today, originating from pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, or detergents, among others. Since the regulation of micropollutants is a fairly new issue, it has been largely neglected in social sciences. However, the search for appropriate solutions is of high political relevance at both the national and international levels, with many open questions arising that concern the most adequate governance structures and steering mechanisms. Solutions suitable for classical, macro-pollutants, such as nutrients, do not necessarily apply to micropollutants because of the diversity of compounds and sources, and for technical, financial, and societal reasons. The book addresses this knowledge gap by investigating the steering mechanisms at hand and their prospect for problem solving. In this regard, the research provides a systematic depiction and comparison of policy designs in place for the reduction of micropollutants in the Rhine basin. Moreover, the study yields insights into the governance structures in place, into actors' responsibilities and constellations, and policy processes regarding micropollutants. The study is furthermore embedded into broader theoretical questions of policy research. More precisely, this research is a contribution to policy analysis that aims to achieve more optimal policy results by providing for a better understanding of the nature of policy designs and the social mechanisms behind the choice of them. Despite the intrinsic aim of policy analysis at contributing to more optimal policy outcomes, there remains a lack of research regarding analytical tools that enable an ex-ante assessment of policy designs' problem-solving abilities. To explore such a research path, this book proposes a novel index of policy comprehensiveness for quantifying the prospective performance of policy designs in alleviating an underlying policy issue, e.g. reducing pollutants in waters. Furthermore, the book uncovers the social mechanisms behind policymaking and turns to the question: In which social settings is it possible to achieve a comprehensive policy design? Compared to purely micro-level explanations, the advantage of the network approach is that it goes beyond the mere aggregation of policy actors' attributes by taking into consideration actors' interdependencies. In order to take the network approach seriously, the study systematically links the structure of a policy network with comprehensive policy designs. Network concepts, such as coalition structure, interconnectedness, and belief similarity, are employed from policy change research here in order to explore the link between structural network characteristics and comprehensive policy design. By studying how network structures affect policy design, the book critically examines the explanatory value of the network approach.
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