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Title: Water governance: a policy risk perspective
Contributor(s): Martin, Paul (author); Williams, Jacqueline (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2013
DOI: 10.2495/WRM130071
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Abstract: Contemporary management science embraces the analysis and management of risk of strategic or operational failure within the mainstream. Indeed, a failure to do so will, in most circumstances, be considered a failure of governance that may well be legally actionable. However, even in the face of powerful evidence that policy failure (fully or to some degree) is a normal element of water and other natural resource governance, public policy fails to contemplate and manage for this high probability contingency. Drawing on engaged and applied research conducted as part of the CRC Irrigation Futures institutional research program, meta-analysis commissioned by the Murray Darling Basin Authority, an international colloquium on water and conflict, and reviews of legal arrangements for water management, this paper considers the forms of risk of water policy failure, and mechanisms that might be effective in bringing water governance in line with at least the most basic standards of management and governance that apply in the private sphere.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: Sustainable Irrigation 2012 - 4th International Conference on Sustainable Irrigation and Drainage: Management, Technologies and Policies, Adelaide, Australia, 11th - 13th December, 2012
Source of Publication: Water Resources Management VII, p. 73-84
Publisher: WIT Press
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1743-3541
Field of Research (FOR): 180111 Environmental and Natural Resources Law
HERDC Category Description: E2 Non-Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
Series Name: WIT Transactions on Ecology and The Environment
Series Number : 171
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