Water Governance in OECD Countries

A Multi-level Approach

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This report addresses multilevel governance challenges in water policy implementation and identifies good practices for coordinating water policy across ministries, between levels of government, and across local actors at subnational level. Based on a methodological framework, it assesses the main “coordination gaps” in terms of policymaking, financing, information, accountability, objectives and capacity building, and provides a platform of existing governance mechanisms to bridge them. Based on an extensive survey on water governance the report provides a comprehensive institutional mapping of roles and responsibilities in water policy-making at national/subnational level in 17 OECD countries. It concludes on preliminary multilevel governance guidelines for integrated water policy.

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Public Governance and Water Policies

An Innovative Multi­level Approach

This chapter explores how public governance contributes to effective design and implementation of water policies. It situates the scope of the research in the overall debates, concepts, definitions and ongoing initiatives on water governance and sums up the value added of the multi-level governance approach that structures the overall analysis. It i) provides a brief overview of water governance literature; ii) emphasises the rationale for a specific focus on multi-level governance issues, and iii) describes the hypotheses and methodological framework that structure the analytical work of the report.

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