After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
• Explain selected theories of public policy and governance and apply them to water issues
• Analyse water policies, water reforms and water management practices in terms of public policy and governance concepts
• Assess water policies and governance arrangements in terms of effectiveness, equity and resilience
- Lectures on selected public policy and governance theories, and applications to water cases
- Tutorials: Joint discussion and analysis of particular studies of water policies, water reforms and water management practices
- Individual paper: Writing an individual research paper, discussing applications of public policy and governance theories to water issues
Assessment will be based on an individual paper (maximum 4000 words), in which you apply the discussed theories to a case study. In doing so, you critically discuss the value and limitations of these theoretical perspectives for studying water policy and governance.
The paper will be graded according to the extent it:
- applies the theoretical perspectives appropriately and insightfully to the case (40%)
- critically discusses the value and limitations of the theoretical perspectives for studying water policy and governance (20%)
- develops clearly formulated theoretical arguments (20%)
- is well-structured, well-written and well-referenced (20%)
Dewulf, A., Karpouzoglou, T., Warner, J., Wesselink, A., Mao, F., Vos, J., Tamas, P., Groot, A. E., Heijmans, A., Ahmed, F., Hoang, L., Vij,
S., & Buytaert, W. (2019). The power to define resilience in social–hydrological systems: Toward a power‐sensitive resilience framework.
WIREs Water, 6(6), 210.
Mao, F., Clark, J., Karpouzoglou, T., Dewulf, A., Buytaert, W., & Hannah, D. M. (2017). HESS Opinions: A conceptual framework for
assessing socio-hydrological resilience under change. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 21(7), 3655–3670.
Rap, E., & Wester, P. (2013). The practices and politics of making policy: Irrigation management transfer in Mexico. Water Alternatives,
Colebatch, H. K. (2006). What work makes policy? Policy Sciences, 39(4), 309–321.
Hayward, C., & Lukes, S. (2008). Nobody to shoot? Power, structure, and agency: A dialogue. Journal of Power, 1(1), 5–20.
Vij, S., Warner, J. F., Biesbroek, R., & Groot, A. (2019). Non-decisions are also decisions: power interplay between Bangladesh
and India over the Brahmaputra River. Water International, 1–21.
|| Contact hours
| Wed 13 May
|| Lecture Prof. Art Dewulf
|| - Introduction to the course
||- The power to define resilience in social-hydrological systems
|| - Guest lecture Diana Suhardimann
|Thu 14 May
||Lecture Dr. Jeroen Vos
|| - Researching water policy making as a political process
|| Discussion of participants' own cases
| Fri 15 May
|| Lecture Dr. Jeroen Warner and Dr. Sumit Vij
|| - Power and politics in water policy-making
The sessions will be held in building “De Leeuwenborch”, Hollandseweg 1 in Wageningen, The Netherlands. The exact rooms will be announced later.
| WGS PhDs with TSP
|| € 220
|a) All other PhD candidates b) Postdocs and staff of the above mentioned Graduate Schools
|| € 450
|| € 700
NB: for some courses, PhD candidates from other WUR graduate schools with a TSP are also entitled to a reduced fee. Please consult your Education/PhD Programme Coordinator for more information
Participants can cancel their registration free of charge 1 month before the course starts. A cancellation fee of 100% applies if a participant cancels his/her registration less than 1 month prior to the start of the course.
The organisers have the right to cancel the course no later than one month before the planned course start date in the case that the number of registrations does not reach the minimum.
The participants will be notified of any changes at their e-mail addresses.