Workshop D3: Policy Coherence and Multi-Level Nexus Governance
Chaired by Jens Newig
Presenting speakers :
Despite this strong focus on integration, cooperation, and coherence, only limited attention is paid on how to analytically grasp and operationalise policy coherence and fragmentation to make it accessible for empirical research and ultimately to policy recommendations. Hence, this research paper strives to address this gap by providing an understanding of the role of policy coherence in the study of the W-E-F nexus. Policy coherence (May et al., 2006) and integration (Visseren-Hamakers, 2015; see e.g. Jordan and Lenschow, 2010) are defined as “the consistency of policy goals and instruments and the reduction of conflicts within and between policy domains” (Kivimaa and Virkamäki 2014, 30, drawing on May, Saptichne, and Workman 2006). Drawing on the established literature in the field, coherence is theorized as a multi-dimensional concept, including the goals, intentions, institutional settings, and actual measures. Considering the complex, multi-scalar interactions characterising the W-E-F nexus, coherence will be grasped horizontally between states, sectors and policies, and vertically in the nested multi-level governance system (cf. Reyes-Mendy et al., 2014).
To illustrate and empirically support the relevance of policy coherence a comparative case study of two multi-level systems will be conducted. The cases of Lower Saxony and Transylvania were chosen as they offer two very different configurations when it comes to the interlinkages between water, food, and energy. While Lower Saxony is characterized by intensive agriculture and increasing energy crop production, Transylvania is still a rather traditional rural landscape that still plays an important role in providing for the livelihood of the population. Beyond, these cases differ considerably in their institutional set-up and embeddedness into their respective multi-level governance systems. Lower Saxony, as a German federal state, possesses considerable autonomies, while in Romania the national level serves as the prime actor. Hence, the setting provides for an apt comparison of the institutional accommodation of the W-E-F nexus, particularly regarding the coherence of their policies and may lend itself to further insights for the wider study of the nexus.
Target audience: We invite interested participants from all disciplines and at all career stages specially early stage PhD student and postdocs.
Date and time: Jun 16th, 13:15 – 15:00
Location: ZUK, Osnabrück, Room 1
- Jens Newig