Natural resource industry involvement in collaboration for water governance: influence on processes and outcomes in Canada

Brisbois, Marie Claire and de Loë, Rob C (2016) Natural resource industry involvement in collaboration for water governance: influence on processes and outcomes in Canada. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 60 (5). pp. 883-900. ISSN 0964-0568

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Abstract

Natural resource industries are increasingly significant actors in environmental decision-making. Possessing vast institutional and technical capacity, firms have an important role to play in ‘new’ governance strategies such as collaboration. These strategies are often based upon assumptions of equitable influence. This paper investigates the nature of resource industry participation in collaborative water governance in Canada, and the potential consequences of that participation as investigated using power theory. The study used comparative cases to reveal that resource industries are able to shape collaboration, and the issues collaborated upon, at multiple analytical levels both internal and external to the collaborative process in ways not available to other actors. Analysis also revealed that resource industry participation in collaboration did not reflect a commitment to engage in shared learning and the reexamination of values and interests as presupposed by collaborative theory. Collaboration is thus challenged in producing equitable, representative outcomes when resource industries participate.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: collaborative water governance, power, industry, water governance, outcomes
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Marie Brisbois
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2019 09:43
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2019 14:45
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/82277

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