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Federal Rivers

Federal Rivers

Managing Water in Multi-Layered Political Systems

Edited by Dustin E. Garrick, George R.M. Anderson, Daniel Connell and Jamie Pittock

This groundbreaking book provides a comparative perspective on water and federalism across multiple countries. Through a collection of case studies, this book explores the water management experiences and lessons learned in ten federal countries and China. The territorial division of power in federations, plus the interconnected politics at the national and regional levels, present a classic governance test for waters shared across multiple political jurisdictions. This is increasingly important as democratic transitions have introduced or invigorated federalism across diverse contexts affecting more than 300 major river basins, including over half of the world’s international rivers.

Preface

Edited by Dustin E. Garrick, George R.M. Anderson, Daniel Connell and Jamie Pittock

Subjects: environment, climate change, environmental governance and regulation, environmental politics and policy, water, politics and public policy, environmental politics and policy

Extract

The territorial division of power in federations, plus the interconnected politics at the national and regional levels, present a classic governance test for waters shared across multiple political jurisdictions. This is increasingly important as democratic transitions have introduced or invigorated federalism across diverse contexts affecting more than 300 major river basins, including approximately 50 per cent of the worldís international rivers. In April 2012, the University of Oxford hosted an international workshop on water security and federal rivers. The workshop convened 35 delegates from 12 countries to exchange lessons learned from water reforms in federal countries. Highlights included the development of a set of case studies anchored in the insights about river basin management and federalism from multiple perspectives across public policy, economics, history and complexity science.