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Author Heinmiller, B. Timothy, 1975- author

Title Water policy reform in southern Alberta : an advocacy coalition approach / B. Timothy Heinmiller
Published Toronto ; Buffalo ; London : University of Toronto Press, [2016]
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Contents Cover ; Copyright page ; Contents; Acknowledgments; 1. Water Scarcity and Water Governance in Southern Alberta; Water Governance in Southern Alberta; Methodology and Book Outline; 2. The Advocacy Coalition Framework; An Introduction to the ACF; ACF Research; Summary; 3. Water Policy in Southern Alberta: From "Hard" to "Softer"; The Hard Policy Era; The Softer Policy Era; Summary; 4. Advocacy Coalitions in the Alberta Water Policy Subsystem; The ACF and Policy-Relevant Beliefs; The Era of Aggie Dominance; The Emergence of Aggie-Green Pluralism; The Normalization of Aggie-Green Pluralism
Explaining the Shift to Softer Policy: The First Piece of the Puzzle5. Coalition Power Resources; The ACF and Coalition Power; Hard Power Resources; Soft Power Resources; Explaining the Shift to Softer Policy: The Next Piece of the Puzzle; 6. Water Management for Irrigation Use; A Shock to the Subsystem: Enter the Tories; Water Management for Irrigation Use; The Oldman River Dam; The SSRB Water Management Policy; Summary; 7. The Water Act; Internal and External Shocks to the Policy Subsystem; The Water Management and Conservation Act; The Water Act, Part 1: Kill Bill 51
The Water Act, Part 2: Institutional LayeringSummary; 8. The SSRB Water Management Plan; A Policy Path Opens; SSRB Water Management Plan: Phase 1; The Path Not Taken; SSRB Water Management Plan: Phase 2; Summary; 9. Conclusion; Since the SSRB Water Management Plan; Testing the ACF; Shedding Light on a Wicked Problem; Appendix: Measuring Policy Core Beliefs Using Qualitative Content Analysis; References; Index
Summary "Between 1995 and 2005, the government of Alberta undertook major reforms to the way water is governed in the arid southern part of the province. Among the most significant reforms was the imposition of moratoria on new water licenses, the introduction of a market for buying and selling existing water licenses, and the adoption of a "conservation holdback" mechanism for returning some licensed water to the environment. In Water Policy Reform in Southern Alberta, B. Timothy Heinmiller looks at how and why these (and other) reforms were adopted after nearly a century of stasis on water policy. The study analyses over three decades of policy decisions, beginning with the Progressive Conservative victory in 1972 to the last major policy reform in 2007. Applying the Advocacy Coalition Framework, process tracing methodologies, and content analysis, the author isolates, identifies and reconstructs the actors and processes that shaped over thirty years of water policy in Alberta. Water Policy Reform in Southern Alberta offers important insights on the management of natural resources and the factors influencing meaningful policy change."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed October 3, 2016)
Subject Water conservation -- Government policy -- Alberta.
Water-supply -- Alberta -- Management -- Government policy.
Form Electronic book
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