- Series: American and Comparative Environmental Policy
- Paperback: 344 pages
- Publisher: The MIT Press (April 29, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0262693194
- ISBN-13: 978-0262693196
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
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Swimming Upstream: Collaborative Approaches to Watershed Management (American and Comparative Environmental Policy)
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I've been asking for this book for five years, but wondered who had the ambition and skill to pull it off. I shouldn't have wondered. Sabatier has assembled a top-notch team to address the thorniest issues surrounding collaborative watershed management. Swimming Upstream provides a long overdue infusion of theory and scholarship to a field overrun by dogma and propaganda.(Doug Kenney, Natural Resources Law Center, University of Colorado)
Swimming Upstream represents the product of a sustained and provocative collaboration on the subject of collaboration itself with watershed management in the spotlight. The authors develop and integrate cutting-edge theory, test important hypotheses, and tease out insightful implications for practice as well as research.(Laurence J. O'Toole, Jr, Golembiewski Professor, Department of Public Administration and Policy, University of Georgia)
About the Author
Paul A. Sabatier is Professor of Environmental Science and Policy at the University of California, Davis.
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Academic research on the topic has tended to consist of case studies, of varying quality, without much theory. This book doesn't really contribute any theory but it provides the necessary groundwork for subsequent theory - - common concepts, an analytical framework, typologies, and some hypotheses and data. The early chapters also provide historical overviews of watershed management in a broader environmental policy perspective, and this was the most useful part of the whole book.
Much of the authors' interest lies in citizen participation in collaborative projects. These projects tend to be led by agencies, so citizens enter the process at a later stage. This affects the efficacy of citizen involvement, and probably conditions the findings of the authors in ways that they don't seem to appreciate fully.
The authors look primarily at human capital, social capital, trust, political efficacy, collection action beliefs, and legitimacy as explanation of successful watershed management. Behind these terms is the basic idea that people collaborate more when they think it might succeed, and when they trust other participants. Well enough, but the authors don't think critically about what this tells us: is a belief in success self-fulfilling, or is it a case of selection bias? (In other words, people might perceive that collaborative management is more likely to succeed in those circumstances when it is objectively more likely to succeed, so that the beliefs aren't causally important.) Similarly, people might trust one another more in those settings when they expect that everyone will be able to get along because success is likely. In this case, trust isn't an independent variable either.
The book also provides guidelines for practitioners that seem both useful and common-sensical. For example, collaborative approaches are not a magic bullet, they should be maintained throughout the process, they should be seen as representative, and they should include a focus on improving knowledge and scientific expertise. The alert reader will note that these recommendations emphasize a successful *process*, and say nothing about the actual policy outcomes. The assumption, apparently, is that a successful process that produces an outcome with happy participants will in fact produce good policy outcomes that effectively solve problems. I'm less sure about this - - a process that makes local participants happy may come at the expense of non-participants, especially regional or national interests who are excluded from the process (intentionally or not).
Finally, more than most edited books, this one reads like a true collaboration among the authors. Indeed, several names appear more than once as chapter authors, which helps ensure greater consistency of approach throughout the book.