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Environmental resilience and intergovernmental collaboration in the Pearl River Delta


  • Kris Hartley


Water resource management is a crucial issue in the rapidly urbanizing Pearl River Delta. Numerous studies have examined transboundary water management, but those focusing on Hong Kong are largely technical, with little consideration for political dynamics or collaboration. This study’s contribution is a systematic analysis of water governance in China’s ‘one country–two systems’ setting. Through interviews and historical analysis, the study applies Ostrom’s Institutional Analysis and Development framework to a setting with political complexity and environmental vulnerability. The principal finding is that cooperation on supply infrastructure reflects a regional interdependence that builds the multiparty trust needed for more strategic governance.

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  • Kris Hartley, 2018. "Environmental resilience and intergovernmental collaboration in the Pearl River Delta," International Journal of Water Resources Development, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 34(4), pages 525-546, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:cijwxx:v:34:y:2018:i:4:p:525-546
    DOI: 10.1080/07900627.2017.1382334

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