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Nordbeck, R; Seher, W; Grüneis, H; Herrnegger, M; Junger, L.
(2023): Conflicting and complementary policy goals as sectoral integration challenge: an analysis of sectoral interplay in flood risk management
POLICY SCI. 2023; 56(3): 595-612. FullText FullText_BOKU

The paradigmatic shift from traditional flood defense toward integrated flood risk management has widened the sectors and policies affected and has spurred a growing interest of scholars to understand cross-sectoral flood policy integration. In this paper we argue that the cross-sectoral goal relationship-ranging from complementary to conflictual policy goals-is a useful conceptual framework to understand (1) the policy integration challenge at hands and (2) in particular the unfolding policy integration from a processual perspective. For our empirical analysis we identify three policy subsystems that are highly important for sectoral interplay in flood risk management: agriculture, hydropower generation, and spatial planning. Using Austria as a case study we illustrate the goal relationships and sectoral policy integration challenges in each of these fields of interaction. Based on 45 expert interviews in the selected policy sectors we provide useful insights into the current processes of flood policy integration. The empirical findings from our case studies show that sectoral goal relationships and the nature of the policy integration challenge drive flood policy integration. More pronounced land use conflicts are more strongly reflected in different actor interests, policy frames, policy goals, and the choice of policy instruments. Sectoral goal relationships are an important factor to explain the unfolding policy integration process. Complementary policy goals result in rather informal, harmonious integrative negotiations on strengthening synergies by using soft policy instruments. On the contrary, conflictual policy goals lead to more formal negotiations among the affected sectors relying on hard, regulative instruments.
Autor*innen der BOKU Wien:
Herrnegger Mathew
Junger Lena
Nordbeck Ralf
Seher Walter

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Integrated flood risk management
Policy coordination
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Integration challenge
Sectoral goal relationships

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