A Typology of Catalyst Events for Collaborative Watershed Management in the United States

Linda Stalker Prokopy, Nathan Mullendore, Kathryn Brasier, Kristin Floress

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While much has been written about the benefits of collaborative watershed management to address nonpoint source pollution and other water quality concerns in the United States, few scholars have addressed the catalytic nature of events that generate these collective action responses. Further, because equivalent catalyst events in different communities do not always lead to collective action, it is critical to understand the interaction between a community's baseline conditions and the catalyst events that lead to collective action. This article presents a conceptual framework that illustrates the relationship between baseline conditions and events that lead to collective action. In this article a theoretical typology of catalyst events is presented that includes both intentional and nonintentional types of events. Understanding these types of catalyst events can help water quality advocates create and/or seize opportunities to nurture a collective action. This article concludes with a call for future research into catalyst events.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1177-1191
Number of pages15
JournalSociety and Natural Resources
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 25 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Development
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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