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Book Review: Interactive Approaches to Water Governance in Asia

The book’s title notes three important issues: interactive governance, water governance, and Asia. Let us consider only interactive governance, a little-known term in water management. The editor defines it as “an interactive form of governance generally and also means the core framework developed mostly in Western democratic countries in some contexts. Comparing to this seminal wording, ‘interactive approaches’ and ‘interactive perspectives’ mean methodology and sub-concepts referring to the theory of interactive governance which are applied or mentioned in case studies in different contexts” (p. 15).

Unfortunately, after reading this definition and the entire book, one is no wiser as to what “interactive governance” is, whether it can be applied to improve water management, or even how individual chapters are related to this concept.

Book Review published in The Developing Economies, March 2020, Volume 58, Number 1, pages, 82-85. DOI: 10.1111/deve.12223

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