These developments have challenged traditional “safety” approaches in flood governance, that aim to reduce the chance of flooding by building structural flood defenses such as levees. Instead, countries have turned to “spatial-planning” measures that aim to minimize the damage done by flood events by preventing further developments in flood-prone areas or by making these developments flood-proof. This turn to spatial-planning measures has important implications for how costs and responsibilities are divided in flood governance. This thesis examines the role of experts in shaping these distributive changes. Using a micro-perspective on institutional change, it traces back the role of experts in two empirical case studies: the Netherlands and the United States. It shows to what extent and how experts influenced the distribution of costs and responsibilities in Dutch and American flood governance.
Thesis (complete) (Embargo until 10 February 2019)
Acknowledgements (Embargo until 10 February 2019)
1. Introduction (Embargo until 10 February 2019)
2. Research design (Embargo until 10 February 2019)
3. The political genealogy of the Zuiderzee Works: The establishment of a safety discourse (Embargo until 10 February 2019)
4. Engineering space: Integrated flood risk management in the Netherlands (Embargo until 10 February 2019)
5. From levees to insurance: The spatial turn in US flood governance (Embargo until 10 February 2019)
6. The evolution of US flood governance: Overcoming uncertainty and value conflict (Embargo until 10 February 2019)
7. A comparative analysis of expert-influence in Dutch and US flood governance (Embargo until 10 February 2019)
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