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Factors influencing the frames and approaches of host organizations for collaborative catchment management in England

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2015
<mark>Journal</mark>Society and Natural Resources
Number of pages17
Early online date1/10/14
<mark>Original language</mark>English


The frames and approaches adopted for collaborative catchment management (CCM) by 22 host organizations in England were examined. Hosts framed and approached CCM according to their particular funding arrangements, management priorities, actor networks, attitudes toward knowledge and uncertainty, and willingness to share power and take risks. The findings support the theory of path dependency, and indicate that the majority of hosts created CCM groups that were much narrower in scope, direction, and structure than had been envisaged by government policymakers. To address this, a new national policy framework for catchment management in England is recommended that defines guiding principles for collaboration and balances the needs for clear direction and discretion in policy implementation.

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Date of Acceptance: 05/03/2014 Published with license by Taylor & Francis© Nigel Watson This is an Open Access article. Non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly attributed, cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in anyway, is permitted. The moral rights of the named author have been asserted. Permission is granted subject to the terms of the License under which the work was published. Please check the License conditions for the work which you wish to reuse. Full and appropriate attribution must be given. This permission does not cover any third party copyrighted material which may appear in the work requested.