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Kategorie Textpublikation
Referenztyp Zeitschriften
DOI 10.1080/14494035.2019.1586081
Lizenz creative commons licence
Titel (primär) Clusters of water governance problems and their effects on policy delivery
Autor Kirschke, S.; Franke, C.; Newig, J.; Borchardt, D.
Journal / Serie Policy and Society
Erscheinungsjahr 2019
Department ASAM
Band/Volume 38
Heft 2
Seite von 255
Seite bis 277
Sprache englisch
Keywords Cluster analysis; complex problems; European Water Framework Directive; water pollution; water quality

Public policy problems are increasingly being characterised as wicked or tame problems, assuming that this classification is also meaningful for attempts to effective problem-solving. But do distinct ‘wicked’ or ‘tame’ problems empirically exist? We investigate 37 water-related problems in Germany, based on interview-based data on problem wickedness and official data on policy delivery. Our analysis clearly reveals four clusters of water governance problems (system complexity, uncertainty, tame and wicked problems), based on variations of three factors of wickedness (goals, uncertainty and system complexity). These clusters of problems vary in their effects on different dimensions of policy delivery (goal formulation, stages and degrees of implementation of measures), with significant effects on goal formulation and the number of measures ‘in construction’. These empirical insights may contribute to a more systematic design of governance strategies for addressing water governance problems in practice.

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Kirschke, S., Franke, C., Newig, J., Borchardt, D. (2019):
Clusters of water governance problems and their effects on policy delivery
Policy Soc. 38 (2), 255 - 277