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Networks, agency and (de)stabilisation: the issue of navigation on the River Wye, UK

Parker, G. and Wragg, A. (1999) Networks, agency and (de)stabilisation: the issue of navigation on the River Wye, UK. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 42 (2). pp. 471-487. ISSN 0964-0568

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/09640569911019

Abstract/Summary

This paper assesses the way in which an actor network presiding over the management of the River Wye has stabilized through accepting a particular view on the issue of navigation. The paper provides an account of how the network was challenged by a dissonant actor who, through reviving an old company, developed a counter network. It is argued that network stabilization is a form of consensus-building and it is contended that the way in which an issue is defined is crucial in terms of the successful enrolment of actors. The paper illustrates some of the conflicts and complexities encountered in resource planning, suggesting that research of this nature should trace actors back through time as well as through space if dynamics between actors involved in rural planning and management are to be effectively understood.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Henley Business School > Real Estate and Planning
ID Code:31124
Publisher:Taylor & Francis

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