Federal Rivers
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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.
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Chapter 11: Allocating powers and functions in a federal design: the experience of South Africa

Mike Muller

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This chapter reports on the case of South Africa where, by virtue of major political reform occurring more or less contemporaneously with the need for a fundamental review of water resource management, a systematic process of institutional design for water management was undertaken. The chapter provides the background, describes both the political and the technical processes that were undertaken and how they interfaced, considers the initial design of the system that was introduced and reflects on progress with its establishment and the outcomes derived from it.

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