Battle for the Floodplains: An Institutional Analysis of Water Management\ud and Spatial Planning in England

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Potter, Karen;
(2013)

Dramatic flood events witnessed from the turn of the century have renewed political attention and, it is believed, created new opportunities for the restoration of functional floodplains to alleviate the impact of flooding on urban development. For centuries, rural and ... View more
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    1.1 The Shifting Policy Context for Urban Floodplains ............................................................... 3 The Unknown Effects of Development and Flood Defence on the Watershed .................................................. 4 Floodplain Restoration, 'Turquoise Belts' and 'Daylighting' ..................................................................... 6 Early Policy Response in Flood Risk Management and Planning ............................................................... 8

    1.2 Barriers to the Implementation of Floodplain Restoration ..................................................... 8 Over Complexity of Partnerships and Integration .................................................................................. 9 Traditional Mind Sets .................................................................................................................. 9 Spatial Planning....................................................................................................................... 10

    1.3 'Shifts in Governance' ......................................................................................................... 11 Institutional Complexity and Resulting Policy Implementation Deficits ....................................................... 12 The Restricted Scope of Technocratic and Positivist Policy-Making ............................................................ 13 Connecting Institutional Research to Natural and Engineering Science ....................................................... 14

    1.4 My River is Wide, not Deep - Summarising the Research ................................................... 15 An Interpretative Analysis .......................................................................................................... 16 Aim of the Research .................................................................................................................. 18 Structure of the Thesis ................................................................................................................ 18

    2 METHODOLOGY: LAYING BARE THE BOTTLENECKS

    IN FLOODPLAIN RESTORATION POLICY ............................................. 21

    2.1 Influences: a Critical Approach within the Interpretivist Paradigm ...................................... 22

    2.2 Four Stage Research Design............................................................................................... 23 Stage 1: Literature Review and 'Grounded' Observation........................................................................ 24 Stage 2: Development of the Theoretical Constructs and Evaluation Framework .......................................... 24 Stage 3: Theoretical Sampling and Coding ........................................................................................ 24 Stage 4: Refine Research Concerns and Theory ................................................................................... 25

    2.3 Overall Research Approach: the Case Study ........................................................................ 26 Case Study - to Aim for a More Holistic and Meaningful Explanation .................................................... 26 Unit of Analysis: the Policy Arrangement of Flood Risk Management....................................................... 27

    3.1 The Inescapable Downpour of 'Political Modernisation' ..................................................... 50 Lack of Understanding of Renewal in Environmental Policy ................................................................... 51 Shifts in Governance................................................................................................................... 52 Taking an Interpretative and Critical Approach ................................................................................. 53

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