Interactive Approaches to Water Governance in Asia

Co-publication with Other Foreign Publishers


This book applies interactive perspectives, which have historically mainly been discussed in the context of Western European countries, to case studies on water governance in Asia. It examines how these perspectives can be used to reveal complex and dynamic interactions in water governance in Asia, and how interactions between policies and practices, as well as those between formal institutes and emerging informal institutes, come to pass. In two introductory chapters and seven case studies in Asia (two from China, and each one from Japan, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, and India), the book reveals the interactive forms currently emerging in Asia under hierarchical but often fragmented administrative systems.
In addition, it explores emerging hybrid forms of interactive governance, which bring together governmental and non-governmental actors, and discusses how the expected role of government and roles of non-governmental actors could be changed to solve problems in a more cooperative manner. In this context, researchers from outside the locality could play an important role, helping facilitate such forms of interactive governance.
The book offers extensive information on the essential features of interactive forms, and on the role of such transdisciplinary approaches, making it a valuable resource not only for scholars and university students, but also for policymakers and grass-roots practitioners directly involved in the interactive process of water governance.


■ Interactive Approaches to Water Governance in Asia
■ Edited by Kenji Otsuka
■ 225pp
■ Published in 2019
■ ISBN978-981-13-2398-0


1 Interactive Perspectives on Water Governance in Asia
   Kenji Otsuka

2 Citizen Initiatives in Water Governance in the Netherlands: Reflection and Implication to Asian Cases
   Jurian Edelenbos

3 Contextual Factors Affecting the Modes of Interaction in Governance: The Case of Dam Removal in Japan
   Tomohiko Ohno

4 Interactive Participation Under a Fragmented Administration System: Watershed Governance in Zhejiang Province, China
   Guohan Liu

5 Interactive Governance of Water Environment in Taihu Lake Basin: A Challenge of Legitimacy Under the Authoritarian Regime in China
   Kenji Otsuka

6 Civil Society and Water Governance in Northern Thailand: Local NGOs and Management of Mekong’s Tributaries in Chiang Rai
   Siriporn Wajjwalku

7 Interactive Governance for Sustainable Resource Use and Environmental Management: A Case Study of Yaman ng Lawa Initiative in the Laguna Lake Watershed, Philippines
   Tadayoshi Masuda

8 Action Research Aimed at Contextualizing Partnership in Irrigation Water Management in South Sulawesi, Indonesia
   Kazuko Oguni

9 Interactive Governance at Anasagar Lake Management in India: Analyzing Using Institutional Analysis Development Framework
   Mansee Bhargava