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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.

Chapter 13: Managing water in India's federal framework

Rakesh Hooja

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


This chapter examines how water is managed in India, with particular focus on the state and sub-state levels and some consideration of the union governmentís role. It describes the constitutional allocation of responsibilities and the water-related organisations at the different levels, before discussing issues in managing water and reviewing the management of inter-state water disputes. ëWater managementí includes the development, operation and maintenance of water delivery systems, as well as issues like sharing between alternate uses and among different regions.

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