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Understanding the governance of urban water services from an institutional logics perspective

Abstract

In recent decades, the urban water sector has experienced accelerating social complexity that derives from conflicting goals and beliefs, making the sustainability of the sector primarily a governance issue. However, existing governance models do not reflect the new reality. There is thus an urgent need to develop an urban water governance model reflecting this increasing complexity, to support sustainable governance. We integrate concepts from sociology, institutional theory and sustainability transitions to build a governance framework that includes interactions of social structures, and practices, shaped by different institutional logics and categorised at strategic, tactic, operational, and reflexive level.

Category

Academic article

Client

  • Research Council of Norway (RCN) / 257267
  • Research Council of Norway (RCN) / 237859

Language

English

Author(s)

Affiliation

  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • BI Norwegian Business School
  • SINTEF Community / Infrastructure

Year

2021

Published in

Utilities Policy

ISSN

0957-1787

Publisher

Elsevier

Volume

68

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