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Collaborative watershed management: A view from the grassroots

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TitleCollaborative watershed management: A view from the grassroots
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsLubell M
JournalPolicy Studies Journal
Volume32
Pagination341-361
Accession NumberISI:000222801800002
Keywordsagricultural decision making, collaborative policy, networks, WATERSHED management
Abstract

To date, research on collaborative watershed management has paid scant attention to the role of grassroots stakeholders, who are the people that actually use natural resources. This article argues cooperation from grassroots stakeholders is necessary for the success of collaborative management, and outlines three theoretical perspectives to explain cooperation. The validity of these theoretical perspectives is tested using a survey of farmer participation in the Suwannee River Partnership in Florida. The findings suggest farmers' perceptions of policy effectiveness are largely driven by economic considerations, whereas participation in collaborative management is linked to social capital.

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