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Community Participation: Exploring Legitimacy in Socio-Ecological Systems for Environmental Water Governance

Lee Godden, Ray Ison

Australasian Journal of Water Resources | Taylor & Francis Australasia | Published : 2019


Environmental water governance is a highly contested space in which the legitimacy of institutional and legal models for water managing relies heavily, but indirectly, upon the effectiveness of community engagement. Accordingly, this article explores the relationship between legitimacy and participatory forms of decision-making in relation to public institutions with responsibility for environmental water governance in Australia. This examination explores the role that law and systems theory, working as transdisciplinary, theoretically informed praxis, can bring to an understanding of socio-ecological systems for environmental water governance. The Olifants River case study in South Africa p..

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