Clusters of water governance problems and their effects on policy delivery

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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.
OriginalspracheEnglisch
ZeitschriftPolicy and Society
Band38
Ausgabennummer2
Seiten (von - bis)255-277
Anzahl der Seiten23
ISSN1449-4035
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PublikationsstatusErschienen - 03.04.2019

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  • Politikwissenschaft - Cluster analysis, complex problems, European Water Framework Directive, water pollution, water quality

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