‘Contractual’ and ‘cooperative’ civic engagement: the emergence and roles of ‘flood action groups’ in England and Wales

Geaves, Linda H. and Penning-Rowsell, Edmund C. ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5333-8641 (2015) ‘Contractual’ and ‘cooperative’ civic engagement: the emergence and roles of ‘flood action groups’ in England and Wales. Ambio, 44 (5) . pp. 440-451. ISSN 0044-7447 [Article] (doi:10.1007/s13280-014-0576-x)


Devolution of responsibilities is transforming how flood risk is managed in many countries. Research assessing the emergence and role of a new element in the governance of flood risk management in England explored the numerous ‘flood action groups’ that have developed over the last decade. We identified two broad categories of relationship between the public and authorities. The first displays ‘contractual’ characteristics: a level of protection provided by the authority in exchange for taxes or similar support. The second embodies a ‘collaborative’ relationship: public knowledge, social and financial resources are equal and complementary to those of authority, and seeking ‘collective security’. In general, the latter approaches were more successful than the former, but common lessons were that success in FRM should not be defined purely as the ability to prevent flooding, but as the ability to access a variety of resources across different levels of society at multiple stages of flood risk management.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Flood Hazard Research Centre
Item ID: 16227
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Depositing User: Josie Joyce
Date Deposited: 27 May 2015 11:13
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 16:51
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/16227

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