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Flood Governance: A multiple country comparison of stakeholder perceptions and aspirations
Brock Univ, Environm Sustainabil Res Ctr, St Catharines, ON L2S 3A1, Canada;Stockholm Univ, Stockholm Resilience Ctr, Stockholm, Sweden.
Brock Univ, Environm Sustainabil Res Ctr, St Catharines, ON L2S 3A1, Canada;Brock Univ, Dept Geog & Tourism Studies, St Catharines, ON, Canada.
Univ Winnipeg, Dept Environm Studies & Sci, Winnipeg, MB, Canada;Univ Winnipeg, Ctr Forest Interdisciplinary Res, Winnipeg, MB, Canada.
Brock Univ, Environm Sustainabil Res Ctr, St Catharines, ON L2S 3A1, Canada.
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2018 (English)In: Environmental Policy and Governance, ISSN 1756-932X, E-ISSN 1756-9338, Vol. 28, no 2, p. 67-81Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Flooding is routinely among the most disastrous annual events worldwide with extensive impacts on human wellbeing, economies and ecosystems. Thus, how decisions are made about floods (i.e. flood governance) is extremely important and evidence shows that it is changing, with non-governmental actors (civil society and the private sector) becoming involved in new and sometimes hybrid governance arrangements. This study investigates how stakeholders perceive floods to be governed and how they believe decision-making ought to occur, with the intent of determining to what extent changing governance is evident on the ground and how well (or poorly) it aligns with desired governance arrangements. Flood governance stakeholders were surveyed in five flood-prone geographical areas from Australia, Canada, Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden. The findings suggest that a reconfiguration of flood governance is underway with relatively little consensus regarding the specific arrangements and mechanisms in place during this transitionary period. Across the five cases, stakeholders indicated that they wanted flood governance to be organized at multiple levels, with strong government involvement and with diverse actor groups, and through mechanisms that match the involvement of these actors, with a lack of desirability for some specific configurations involving the private sector in particular. There was little alignment between stakeholder perceptions of governance currently in place and their desired arrangements, except for government involvement. Future research directions highlight the importance of the inclusion of stakeholder perspectives in assessing flood governance, and following the transition in flood governance over time. Copyright (c) 2017 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment

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John Wiley & Sons, 2018. Vol. 28, no 2, p. 67-81
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flood governance, floods, perceptions of governance
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-353180DOI: 10.1002/eet.1796ISI: 000430003000001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-353180DiVA, id: diva2:1217050
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Riksbankens JubileumsfondAvailable from: 2018-06-12 Created: 2018-06-12 Last updated: 2018-06-12Bibliographically approved

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