Legal pathways to adaptive governance in water basins in North America and Australia

Barbara Cosens, Robin Kundis Craig, Shana Hirsch, Craig Anthony Tony Arnold, Melinda Harm Benson, Daniel DeCaro, Ahjond S. Garmestani, Hannah Gosnell, J. B. Ruhl, Edella Schlager

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Abstract

Law dictates the structure, boundaries, rules, and processes within which governmental action takes place and in doing so becomes one of the focal points for analysis of governmental barriers to adaptation as the effects of climate change are felt. Governance encompasses both governmental and nongovernmental participation in collective choice and action. Adaptive governance contemplates a level of flexibility and evolution in governmental action beyond that currently found in the heavily administrative governments in the United States and Australia. Nevertheless, over time, law itself has proven highly adaptive in democracies, evolving to address and even facilitate the emergence of new social norms (such as the rights of women and minorities) or to provide remedies for emerging problems (such as pollution). Thus, law can adapt, evolve, and be reformed to facilitate adaptive governance. In doing so, not only may barriers be removed, but law may be adjusted to facilitate adaptive governance and to aid in institutionalizing new and emerging approaches to governance. The key is to do so in a way that also enhances legitimacy, accountability, and justice (i.e., good governance), or such reforms will never be adopted by democratic societies or, if adopted, will destabilize those very societies. By identifying those aspects of adaptive governance relevant to the legal system, this chapter presents guidelines for evaluating the role of law in environmental governance and demonstrates their use by applying them to the basin studies presented in Part I of this volume.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPractical Panarchy for Adaptive Water Governance
Subtitle of host publicationLinking Law to Social-Ecological Resilience
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Pages151-165
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9783319724720
ISBN (Print)9783319724706
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 18 2018

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governance
water
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basin
democracy
Water
Law
pollution
climate change
good governance
Social Norms
society
North America
remedies
legitimacy
flexibility
justice

Keywords

  • Adaptive governance
  • Adaptive law
  • Environmental governance
  • Legitimacy
  • Nesting
  • Polycentricity
  • Resilience
  • Water law

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)

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Cosens, B., Craig, R. K., Hirsch, S., Tony Arnold, C. A., Benson, M. H., DeCaro, D., ... Schlager, E. (2018). Legal pathways to adaptive governance in water basins in North America and Australia. In Practical Panarchy for Adaptive Water Governance: Linking Law to Social-Ecological Resilience (pp. 151-165). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-72472-0_10

Legal pathways to adaptive governance in water basins in North America and Australia. / Cosens, Barbara; Craig, Robin Kundis; Hirsch, Shana; Tony Arnold, Craig Anthony; Benson, Melinda Harm; DeCaro, Daniel; Garmestani, Ahjond S.; Gosnell, Hannah; Ruhl, J. B.; Schlager, Edella.

Practical Panarchy for Adaptive Water Governance: Linking Law to Social-Ecological Resilience. Springer International Publishing, 2018. p. 151-165.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Cosens, B, Craig, RK, Hirsch, S, Tony Arnold, CA, Benson, MH, DeCaro, D, Garmestani, AS, Gosnell, H, Ruhl, JB & Schlager, E 2018, Legal pathways to adaptive governance in water basins in North America and Australia. in Practical Panarchy for Adaptive Water Governance: Linking Law to Social-Ecological Resilience. Springer International Publishing, pp. 151-165. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-72472-0_10
Cosens B, Craig RK, Hirsch S, Tony Arnold CA, Benson MH, DeCaro D et al. Legal pathways to adaptive governance in water basins in North America and Australia. In Practical Panarchy for Adaptive Water Governance: Linking Law to Social-Ecological Resilience. Springer International Publishing. 2018. p. 151-165 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-72472-0_10
Cosens, Barbara ; Craig, Robin Kundis ; Hirsch, Shana ; Tony Arnold, Craig Anthony ; Benson, Melinda Harm ; DeCaro, Daniel ; Garmestani, Ahjond S. ; Gosnell, Hannah ; Ruhl, J. B. ; Schlager, Edella. / Legal pathways to adaptive governance in water basins in North America and Australia. Practical Panarchy for Adaptive Water Governance: Linking Law to Social-Ecological Resilience. Springer International Publishing, 2018. pp. 151-165
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