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TitleLocal Policy Networks and Agricultural Watershed Management
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsLubell M, Fulton A
JournalJ Public Adm Res Theory
Volume18
Pagination673-696
Date PublishedOctober 1, 2008
Keywordscooperation, institutions, networks, policy, water policy, WATERSHED management
Abstract

This article emphasizes the critical role of local policy networks for the implementation of agricultural watershed management and the adoption of environmental best management practices. Local networks facilitate diffusion of innovations, the development of social capital, and cultural change. All of these elements are essential for the ability of watershed management programs to successfully solve the water quality collective action problems caused by agricultural nonpoint source pollution. Analyses of survey data from 408 orchard growers in California's Sacramento River watershed demonstrate that exposure to policy networks substantially increases the probability of adopting environmental practices. These findings have important implications for public administration and policies where implementation depends on widespread cooperation and the development of networks with public agencies.

URLhttp://jpart.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/18/4/673