Water Policy Reform in Southern Alberta: An Advocacy Coalition Approach
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.
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- Page Count: 272 pages
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“B. Timothy Heinmiller clearly explains the shift from hard to softer water policy in southern Alberta. He doesn’t just apply the advocacy coalition framework in his analysis; he also tests it and offers improvements.”
Duane Bratt, Department of Policy Studies, Mount Royal University
"Water Policy Reform in Southern Alberta is a welcome addition and major contribution to the limited Canadian literature on the Advocacy Coalition Framework."
Andrew Stritch, Department of Politics and International Studies, Bishop’s University
Author InformationB. Timothy Heinmiller is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Interim Director of the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre at Brock University.
Table of contents
Chapter 1 Water Scarcity and Water Governance in Southern Alberta
Chapter 2 The Advocacy Coalition Framework
Chapter 3 Water Policy in Southern Alberta: From ‘Hard’ to ‘Softer’
Chapter 4 Advocacy Coalitions in the Alberta Water Policy Subsystem
Chapter 5 Coalition Power Resources
Chapter 6 Water Management for Irrigation Use
Chapter 7 The Water Act
Chapter 8 The SSRB Water Management Plan
Chapter 9 Conclusion
Appendix A: Measuring Policy Core Beliefs Using Qualitative Content Analysis
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