||Social networks as Trojan horses to challenge the dominance of existing hierarchies: knowledge and learning in the water governance of Volos, Greece
||Dimadama, Z.; Zikos, D.
||Water Resources Management
||Water governance; Learning; Knowledge; Informal social networks; Participation
||In context of the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive,
conventional hierarchies and dominant logics in the
metropolitan area of Volos, Greece, are challenged
indirectly, in a “Trojan-horse” like way. The basic characteristic of
water sector in Volos Urban Area is the absolute dominance
of centralized services (Municipal Enterprise for Water and Sewage).
However, the intense interest of new actors (private
companies, NGOs, University and Research Institutes, etc.) has led to
the establishment of an informal and voluntary social
network. The paper evaluates the role of an informal social network
as a new form of governance in the framework of spatial
development that has emerged in the shadow of an existing hierarchy.
The basic issues highlighted are:
The challenge to hierarchical decision making structures in the water sector through an informal and voluntary social network.
The learning processes and
knowledge forms that new actors bring to and acquire in such forms of
network practices (e.g. contribution
to public awareness, mobilisation of local
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|Dimadama, Z., Zikos, D. (2010):
Social networks as Trojan horses to challenge the dominance of existing hierarchies: knowledge and learning in the water governance of Volos, Greece
Water Resour. Manag. 24 (14), 3853 - 3870