Collaborative environmental governance and transaction costs in partnerships: Evidence from a social network approach to water management in France
Gouvernance environnementale collaborative et coûts de transaction dans les partenariats : une approche par les réseaux sociaux pour la gestion de l'eau en France
Boschet, C. ; Rambonilaza, T.
Type de document
Article de revue scientifique à comité de lecture
Affiliation de l'auteur
IRSTEA BORDEAUX UR ETBX FRA ; IRSTEA BORDEAUX UR ETBX FRA
Résumé / Abstract
Several studies attempt to explain how collaborative environmental governance processes operate, but the question of why collaboration relationships form has received much less attention. Motivated by this need, this paper provides insights to the broad question: why does collaborative river basin management in France depend so heavily on partnerships made up around few actors? Accordingly, our analytical framework develops a transaction cost explanation for the extent to which participatory procedure help stakeholders identify partners and initiate collaboration, and for the causal link between the attributes of these stakeholders and their partnerships. The p2 model is implemented to investigate partnership networks of the key actors that govern the management of the Gironde estuary, the study case. The results give evidence that environmental institutions bring together heterogeneous actors who might not be ready for collaboration, thereby actors' perceived power similarity; their geographical proximity and co-presence in formal fora limit transaction costs.
Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, vol. 61, num. 1, p. 105 - 123