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Governing Complexity
Analyzing and Applying Polycentricity

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Andreas Thiel, William A. Blomquist, Dustin E. Garrick, Mark Stephan, Graham Marshall, Michael McGinnis, Nadine Jenny Shirin Schroeder, Christine Moser-Priewich, Raúl Pacheco-Vega, Elizabeth Baldwin, Tom Koontz, Dustin E. Garrick, Tanya Heikkila, Dustin E. Garrick, Sergio Villamayor-Tomas, Anas Malik, Vlad Tarko, Edella Schlager, Mark Lutter, Bryan Bruns
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  • Publication planned for: September 2019
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108419987

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  • There has been a rapid expansion of academic interest and publications on polycentricity. In the contemporary world, nearly all governance situations are polycentric, but people are not necessarily used to thinking this way. Governing Complexity provides an updated explanation of the concept of polycentric governance. The editors provide examples of it in contemporary settings involving complex natural resource systems, as well as a critical evaluation of the utility of the concept. With contributions from leading scholars in the field, this book makes the case that polycentric governance arrangements exist and it is possible for polycentric arrangements to perform well, persist for long periods, and adapt. Whether they actually function well, persist, or adapt depends on multiple factors that are reviewed and discussed, both theoretically and with examples from actual cases.

    • Demonstrates how complex governing structures can be analyzed using the concept of polycentricity
    • Provides analytical tools for determining whether polycentric governance arrangements are working well or poorly
    • Offers perspectives on polycentric governance from multiple disciplinary perspectives, including economics, geography, political science, public administration, and sociology
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    • Publication planned for: September 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108419987
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from September 2019
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Andreas Thiel, William A. Blomquist and Dustin E. Garrick
    Part I. Foundations for Understanding and Researching Polycentric Governance Mark Stephan and William A. Blomquist:
    1. An introduction to polycentricity and governance Mark Stephan, Graham Marshall and Michael McGinnis
    2. Seeing polycentrically: examining governance situations using a polycentricity lens William A. Blomquist and Nadine Jenny Shirin Schroeder
    3. Foundational aspects of polycentric governance: overarching rules, social-problem characteristics and heterogeneity Andreas Thiel and Christine Moser-Priewich
    4. Evolutionary institutional change and performance in polycentric governance Andreas Thiel, Raúl Pacheco-Vega and Elizabeth Baldwin
    Part II. Interactions and Performance in Polycentric Governance Tom Koontz and Dustin E. Garrick: Overview and Introduction Tom Koontz, Tanya Heikkila, Dustin E. Garrick and Sergio Villamayor-Tomas
    5. Cooperation in polycentric governance systems Tom Koontz
    6. Conflict and conflict resolution in polycentric governance systems Tanya Heikkila
    7. Competition in polycentric governance systems Dustin E. Garrick and Sergio Villamayor-Tomas
    8. Assessing performance in polycentric governance system interactions Tom Koontz, Tanya Heikkila, Dustin E. Garrick and Sergio Villamayor-Tomas
    Part III. Constituting Polycentric Governance Graham Marshall and Andreas Thiel:
    9. Polycentricity and citizenship in environmental governance Graham Marshall and Anas Malik
    10. The Faustian bargain: power-sharing, constitutions, and the practice of polycentricity in governance Vlad Tarko, Edella Schlager and Mark Lutter
    11. Practicing polycentric governance Bryan Bruns
    Conclusions Andreas Thiel, William A. Blomquist and Dustin E. Garrick
    References.

  • Editors

    Andreas Thiel, Universität Kassel, Germany
    Andreas Thiel is Professor of International Agricultural Policy and Environmental Governance at the Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences at Universität Kassel, Germany. He is an Affiliated Faculty member of the Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis and Senior Fellow at the Centre for Global Cooperation Research at University of Duisburg-Essen. His research addresses the institutional dimension of social-ecological systems with specific focus on governance in the water, agriculture and biodiversity sectors.

    William A. Blomquist, Indiana University–Purdue University, Indianapolis
    William A. Blomquist is Professor of Political Science at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, and is an Affiliated Faculty member of the Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis. He is the author of Dividing the Waters (1992), co-author of Embracing Watershed Politics (2008) and Common Waters, Diverging Streams (2004), and co-editor of Integrated River Basin Management through Decentralization (2007).

    Dustin E. Garrick, University of Oxford
    Dustin E. Garrick is Associate Professor of Environmental Management at the University of Oxford. His research on polycentric governance focuses on water allocation and markets as responses to climate change, urbanization and sustainable development challenges. His book, Water Allocation in Rivers under Pressure (2015), assesses the evolution and performance of water markets and polycentric river basin governance in Australia and the US.

    Contributors

    Andreas Thiel, William A. Blomquist, Dustin E. Garrick, Mark Stephan, Graham Marshall, Michael McGinnis, Nadine Jenny Shirin Schroeder, Christine Moser-Priewich, Raúl Pacheco-Vega, Elizabeth Baldwin, Tom Koontz, Dustin E. Garrick, Tanya Heikkila, Dustin E. Garrick, Sergio Villamayor-Tomas, Anas Malik, Vlad Tarko, Edella Schlager, Mark Lutter, Bryan Bruns

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