Hans Bressers

University of Twente
CSTM - Department of Governance and Technology for Sustainability

P.O. Box 217
Enschede
Netherlands
7500AE
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My research focus is on the mix of policy instruments for sustainable development in a networked governance context and the interaction processes between various actors that are influenced by such mixes. For analysing this, a "contextual interaction theory" (CIT) has been developed. The interaction process core is analyzed from the motivation, cognitions and resources of the actors involved. Among the layers of context is the governance context, for which the Governance Assessment Tool (GAT) has been developed and extensively used in many projects in several countries. For more information see this recent Open Access book on governance analysis: Governance for Drought Resilience http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-319-29671-5 in this book, especially Chapter 3.

Citation:
Hans Bressers, Nanny Bressers, Corinne Larrue (Eds.) 2016. "Governance for Drought Resilience," Dordrecht: Springer Open Access.
Abstract: Outlines the use of a coherent and practical governance assessment tool (GAT) that clearly defines which concept of governance is used and presents many examples. Elaborates this concept of governance in a guide to assess the degree to which it as a context facilitates or hinders action. Provides a tool which can also be used outside the scope of drought resilience, or even water policy implementation. (Chapter 3 is the theory and methods chapter.)
URL: http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-319-29671-5
Citation:
Boer, Cheryl, and Hans Bressers. 2011. "Complex and Dynamic Implementation Processes: Analyzing the Renaturalization of the Dutch Regge River." University of Twente and Dutch Water Governance Centre: Enschede and The Hague.
Abstract: This book contains a careful evaluation of the case of the Regge River Renaturalization Process, according to an analytical framework that coherently integrates a wealth of approaches to policy implementation and project management. It also includes the latest version of the "Contextual Interaction Theory" model.
URL: http:// http://doc.utwente.nl/77862/ (open access full pdf file of book)
Citation:
Bressers, Hans, and Kris Lulofs. 2010. "Governance and Complexity in Water Management: Creation Cooperation through Boundary Spanning Strategies." Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.
Abstract: The premise of this book is reconsideration of strategies to achieve water management ambitions, provides a more in-depth knowledge on the theories and practices of boundary spanning and could bring solutions for contemporary water problems within reach.
URL: http://www.e-elgar.co.uk/bookentry_main.lasso?currency=UK&id=13823

Substantive Focus:
Energy and Natural Resource Policy
Environmental Policy SECONDARY
Governance PRIMARY
Comparative Public Policy

Theoretical Focus:
Policy Process Theory
Agenda-Setting, Adoption, and Implementation PRIMARY
Policy Analysis and Evaluation SECONDARY

Keywords

IMPLEMENTATION GOVERNANCE WATER MANAGEMENT POLICY INSTRUMENTS EVALUATION STAKEHOLDER COOPERATION PROCESSES CONTEXTUAL INTERACTION THEORY ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT VOLUNTARY AGREEMENTS