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The political ontology of collaborative water governance

Harrington, Cameron

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This article examines the various definitions of, and analytical approaches to, collaborative water governance (CWG). While the concept’s usage has increased over the past decade, there lacks any deep engagement with the concept of the political at the heart of CWG. This article argues that contemporary approaches to CWG risk emptying the concept of its utility and coherence. Correcting this deficiency requires a focus on the social and ideational constructions of water. This will strengthen future collaborative water arrangements and enable deeper appreciation of the ways the political makes and remakes what is possible in water governance.


Harrington, C. (2017). The political ontology of collaborative water governance. Water International, 42(3), 254-270.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 18, 2017
Online Publication Date Apr 12, 2017
Publication Date Apr 12, 2017
Deposit Date Oct 2, 2017
Publicly Available Date Oct 12, 2018
Journal Water International
Print ISSN 0250-8060
Electronic ISSN 1941-1707
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 42
Issue 3
Pages 254-270


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Copyright Statement
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Water International on 12 Apr 2017, available online:

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