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Author Meissner, Richard (Writer on water resources development),
Title eThekwini's green and ecological infrastructure policy landscape : towards a deeper uinderstanding / Richard Meissner.
Imprint Cham, Switzerland : Springer, [2021]

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Author Meissner, Richard (Writer on water resources development),
Subject Municipal water supply -- South Africa -- eThekwini Municipality Metropolitan.
Water security -- South Africa -- Durban.
Description 1 online resource
Contents Intro -- Acknowledgements -- Contents -- Abbreviations -- List of Figures -- List of Tables -- 1 Green and Ecological Infrastructures and Water Security at a Municipal Level: An Overview -- 1.1 Introduction -- 1.2 The Conceptualisation of Green and Ecological Infrastructures -- 1.2.1 Green Infrastructures -- 1.2.2 Ecological Infrastructures -- 1.3 Misinterpreted Multi-functionality -- 1.4 Green and Ecological Infrastructures as Instrumental Policies -- 1.5 Water Security -- 1.6 South African Municipalities and Water Resources Management -- 1.7 Conclusion -- References
2 The Use of Paradigms and Theories in the PULSE3 Analytical Framework -- 2.1 Introduction -- 2.2 Conceptual Building Blocks -- 2.2.1 Paradigms -- 2.2.2 Theory -- 2.2.3 Productive Utility -- 2.3 Paradigms and Theories as Multiple Inquiry Systems -- 2.3.1 Epistemological and Practical Value -- 2.3.2 Actions and Situations -- 2.3.3 Configurations -- 2.3.4 Insightful Consequences -- 2.3.5 Science Speaking Truth to Power -- 2.4 Pulse3 -- 2.4.1 Rationale -- 2.4.2 Components -- 2.5 Conclusion -- References -- 3 eThekwini's Green and Ecological Infrastructure Policy Landscape -- 3.1 Introduction
3.2 The eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality -- 3.3 Methodology -- 3.3.1 Data Collection -- 3.3.2 Data Coding -- 3.4 Analysis -- 3.4.1 Paradigm Profile -- 3.4.2 Theories -- 3.4.3 Causal Mechanisms -- 3.4.4 The Problem-Solving and Critical Theory Perspectives -- 3.5 Practice Theory as a Direction-Finding Beacon -- 3.5.1 Conceptualising Practice -- 3.5.2 The Practice Perspective -- 3.6 Conclusion -- References -- 4 Discussion -- 4.1 Introduction -- 4.2 Self-Reflection and Exclusivity -- 4.3 Reality -- 4.3.1 Empiricism -- 4.3.2 Systemic Constructivism -- 4.4 Group-Think -- 4.4.1 Ecological Dominance
4.4.2 International Relations of eThekwini as an Autonomous Actor -- 4.5 Conclusion -- References -- Appendix -- Index
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on October 14, 2020).
Summary This book offers the reader a deeper understanding of the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipalitys green and ecological infrastructure policy landscape. The author utilises the PULSE3 analytical framework to conduct an in-depth examination and to show how experts frame and implement the municipalitys green and ecological infrastructure strategies and projects. Although the initial purpose of this book was to investigate the role of green and ecological infrastructures in eThekwinis water security aspirations, the author realised that climate change adaptation and mitigation play a more central role in motivating the municipality to develop and implement such science-driven projects. To be sure, science that is informed by a positivist paradigm, guides how, where and when the municipality should develop green and ecological infrastructures. Furthermore, a positivistic stance is generated in this policy landscape, where science and politics meet at a local government level, and the book offers an insight into the science-policy interface, as well as the normative and value orientations that positivism often ignores. The book also shows the usefulness of the PULSE3 framework and how it can assist scientists in all fields to gain a deeper understanding of the complications that are faced by humankind. This book fills a market gap by providing a view of how scientists think about problems and how to solve them by using established paradigms and theories.
ISBN 9783030530518 electronic book
3030530515 electronic book
ISBN/ISSN 10.1007/978-3-030-53
OCLC # 1193133765
Additional Format Print version: Meissner, Richard EThekwini's Green and Ecological Infrastructure Policy Landscape : Towards a Deeper Understanding Cham : Springer International Publishing AG,c2020 9783030530501

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