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Published in Great Plains Research 19.1 (Spring 2009): 127-128. © 2009 Copyright for the Center of Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


The analysis presented in each chapter is focused on concepts that are examined and applied in a case study to explain the existing system of governance. Although the concepts are not integrated into a framework, the authors’ careful use of concepts provides insights into watershed decision making. Just as concepts are not integrated into a grand framework, there is no prescription for the best type of governance. This may disappoint those seeking the answer to watershed governance, but the book provides realistic analyses of the complex management problems of watersheds. Perhaps in the future, additional research will more definitely link governance structures to types of watershed problems, different locales, and desired environmental outcomes. For the present, however, Schlager and Blomquist have provided a thoughtful examination of watershed governance that can be read and appreciated by scholars across multiple disciplines.