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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 21: Water resources management in federal systems

George Anderson

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


This volume has looked at the management of water resources in nine federal countries, as well as China. The chosen federations (Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Mexico, Pakistan, South Africa, Spain and the United States) represent a good cross-section of the worldís estimated 28 federations and include most of those that have large territories or complex river systems. They are also highly diverse political systems facing very different water management demands.

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