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Water Governance - Concepts, Methods, and Practice

From Flood Safety to Spatial Management

Expert-Policy Interactions in Dutch and US Flood Governance

Authors: Bergsma, Emmy

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  • Presents an in-depth empirical analysis of the role of experts in Dutch and American flood governance
  • Features rich historical detail on the evolution of Dutch and American flood management approaches
  • Considers the distributive implications of the shift from flood safety to spatial planning measures in flood governance
  • Offers practical recommendations to ensure a legitimate policymaking process in flood governance spatial planning measures
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About this book

This book deals with the introduction of a new type of “spatial measures" in flood governance. In contrast to traditional “safety measures" that aim to provide protection against floods by building structural flood defenses such as levees and flood walls, the goal of spatial measures is to reduce the exposure to flood risks by changing the spatial layout of flood-prone areas. By limiting developments and flood-proofing buildings in areas at risk to flooding, investments in structural flood defenses can be circumvented and vulnerabilities reduce. World-wide, spatial measures are gaining attractiveness as a response strategy to increasing flood risks caused by climate change and urbanization.

The introduction of spatial measures in flood governance involves more than the simple development of new policies and laws. Research has demonstrated that the implementation of spatial measures can have huge implications for how costs and responsibilities are divided between different levels of governance and between public and private actors, changing the whole organization behind flood governance. Both for the effectiveness and for the legitimacy of spatial flood governance strategies, it is important that these distributive implications are well understood.


This book describes the introduction of spatial measures in the context of two very different delta countries: the Netherlands and the United States. In the United States, a spatial flood governance strategy was already developed in de mid-20th century whereas in the Netherlands, a safety paradigm institutionalized over the course of the 20th century and spatial measures have only recently been introduced. By analyzing the science-policy interactions underlying the implementation of spatial measures in both countries, this book shows how under the influence of different types of experts (engineers in the Netherlands and social geographers in the United States) different spatial flood management strategies emerged with different distributive implications, each with its own challenges for effectiveness and legitimacy. 


 

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Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • A Framework for Analyzing Distributive Decision-Making in Flood Governance

    Pages 1-30

    Bergsma, Emmy

  • Establishing Safety Institutions in Dutch Flood Governance: A Political Genealogy of the Zuiderzee Works

    Pages 31-52

    Bergsma, Emmy

  • Engineering Space: Spatial Flood Risk Management in the Netherlands

    Pages 53-68

    Bergsma, Emmy

  • From Levees to Flood Insurance: The Spatial Turn in US Flood Governance

    Pages 69-84

    Bergsma, Emmy

  • Policy Developments After Hurricane Katrina: A Case of Overcoming Uncertainty and Value Conflict

    Pages 85-102

    Bergsma, Emmy

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Hardcover 57,19 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
From Flood Safety to Spatial Management
Book Subtitle
Expert-Policy Interactions in Dutch and US Flood Governance
Authors
Series Title
Water Governance - Concepts, Methods, and Practice
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-96716-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-96716-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-96715-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-07236-0
Series ISSN
2365-4961
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 118
Number of Illustrations
6 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
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