Co-participation in the Swiss water forum network

Fischer, Manuel; Angst, Mario; Maag, Simon (2017). Co-participation in the Swiss water forum network. International journal of water resources development, 35(3), pp. 446-464. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/07900627.2017.1374929

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In polycentric governance systems, actors interact in different venues, such as forums which foster cross-sectoral interaction. This analysis centres on water forums in Switzerland and on actors with multiple forum memberships, creating interactions throughout the entire forum network. Findings show that the central actors in the entire water forum network are predominantly from the public administration sector, even though members from the private sector are most numerous. Despite an emphasis on the bottom-up and self-organizing character of polycentric governance systems in the literature, this analysis shows that public administration actors still play a crucial role as network managers and brokers.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science

UniBE Contributor:

Fischer, Manuel (B), Angst, Mario, Maag, Simon


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science




Taylor & Francis




Manuel Fischer

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14 May 2018 14:25

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29 Mar 2023 23:35

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