Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Ressourcenökonomie

Dissertation Schleyer

Institutional change of water management systems
Start: 04/2003
End: 12/2009

This project is addressing the issue of designing institutions for the use and protection of natural resources in the specific context of system transformation. Agri-environmental policy design can not only rely on the agri-environmental instruments but have to comprise also the institutional structures that are necessary for the respective decision and implementation processes and that are often still to be developed. In the Central and Eastern European transition countries, there is also the question whether the required institutional arrangements for achieving sustainability in the area of agri-environmental resource management can be built more easily in the period of system transformation as they fill institutional gaps, or whether processes of transition make institution building a more difficult and more time consuming task. In other words, is such a ‚twofold transformation‘ feasible? Considering the water regulation in post-socialist reclamation areas as an example the deficiencies and frictions of the institutional structures will be illustrated and more suitable institutional approaches to overcome the problems will be designed. The comparative institutional analysis will contrast a region in East Germany and a region in Northwest Poland.

Researcher: Christian Schleyer

Cooperation partners: Department of Organisation and Management der Agricultural University Szczecin, Poland (Prof. Dr. Michael Switlyk); Department of Soil and Water Chemistry des Institute for Land Reclamation and Grassland Farming, Raszyn/ Falenty, Poland (Prof. Dr. Andrzej Sapek); Lehrstuhl für Volkswirtschaftslehre, insbesondere Umweltökonomie des Instituts für Umweltmanagement der Brandenburgischen Technischen Universität Cottbus (Dr. Kai Rommel); Fachgebiet Vergleichende Landschaftsökonomie am Institut für Landschafts- und Umweltplanung der Technischen Universität Berlin (Prof. Dr. Volkmar Hartje; Dr. Waltina Scheumann)

Betreuer: Prof. Dr. Dr. Konrad Hagedorn; Dr. Insa Theesfeld

Funding: German Research Foundation (DFG)