Connectors and coordinators in natural resource governance: insights from Swiss water supply

Angst, Mario; Widmer, Alexander; Fischer, Manuel; Ingold, Karin (2018). Connectors and coordinators in natural resource governance: insights from Swiss water supply. Ecology and Society, 23(2) Resilience Alliance Publications 10.5751/ES-10030-230201

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Fragmentation across scales in natural resource governance can impede coordinated action and decrease innovation capacity. Bridging actors who connect others within governance networks help to overcome this challenge. This paper analyzes two bridging positions for actors in governance networks. First, periphery connectors integrate otherwise unconnected actors and provide access to new knowledge. Second, central coordinators efficiently connect actors at the center of the network and thus facilitate coordinated action. The paper proposes a way to identify periphery connectors and central coordinators within governance networks and formulates expectations about types of actors that are likely to occupy these positions. An analysis of three actor networks in the water supply sector in Switzerland suggests that periphery coordinator positions are more likely to be occupied by organizations at higher jurisdictional levels. Central coordinator positions are more likely to be occupied by governmental actors as compared to non-governmental actors. Thus, in addressing challenges of fragmentation, higher-level governmental actors continue to play an important role, even when they delegate competences to lower-level and private actors.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science
10 Strategic Research Centers > Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research (OCCR)

UniBE Contributor:

Angst, Mario; Widmer, Alexander; Fischer, Manuel and Ingold, Karin Mirjam

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

1708-3087

Publisher:

Resilience Alliance Publications

Funders:

[4] Swiss National Science Foundation

Language:

English

Submitter:

Mario Angst

Date Deposited:

07 May 2018 14:53

Last Modified:

22 Oct 2019 23:26

Publisher DOI:

10.5751/ES-10030-230201

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.112965

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/112965

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