The Oxford Handbook of Water Politics and Policy

ISBN : 9780199335084

Ken Conca; Erika Weinthal
672 Pages
171 x 248 mm
Pub date
Feb 2018
Oxford Handbooks
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Water is a basic human need and a scarce commodity with increasing value to farmers, industries, and cities in an urbanizing world. It is unpredictable in supply and quality, difficult to contain or direct, and notoriously difficult to manage well. Several trends -- climate change, the endurance of widespread global water poverty, intensifying competition among rival uses and users, and the vulnerability of critical freshwater ecosystems -- combine to intensify the challenges of governing water wisely, fairly, and efficiently. The twenty-seven chapters in The Oxford Handbook of Water Politics and Policy address such issues over the course of seven thematic sections. These themes reflect familiar frameworks in the water policy world, including water, poverty, and health; water and nature; and water equity and justice. Other sections look at emergent and contentious policy arenas, including the water/energy/food nexus and management of uncertainty in water supply, or connect well-established strands in new ways, including sections on water tools (water price and value, supply and demand, privatization, corporate responsibility) and issues surrounding transboundary waters. This volume conceives of water as a global issue, and gathers a diverse group of leading scholars of water politics and policy.


Preface; List of Contributors; Part 1: Introduction; 1. The Political Dimensions of Water; Ken Conca and Erika Weinthal; Part 2: Poverty, Rights, and Ethics; 2. Water and Poverty: Pathways of Escape and Descent; Ben Crow and Brent M. Swallow; 3. Knowing Equity When We See It: Water Equity in Contemporary Global Contexts; Margaret Wilder and Helen Ingram; 4. Gender and Water; Barbara van Koppen; 5. Monitoring the Progressive Realization of the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation: Frontier Analysis as a Basis to Enhance Human Rights Accountability; Benjamin Mason Meier, Ryan Cronk, Jeanne Luh, Jamie Bartram, and Catarina de Albuquerque; 6. Indigenous Peoples and Water Justice in a Globalizing World; Sue Jackson; 7. Re-Imagined Communities: A New Ethical Approach to Water Policy; Veronica Strang; Part 3: Food, Energy, and Water; 8. The Water-Energy-Food Nexus in Arid Regions: The Politics of Problemsheds; Martin Keulertz, Jeannie Sowers, Eckart Woertz, and Rabi Mohtar; 9. The Nexus of Energy and Water Quality; Erika Weinthal, Avner Vengosh, and Kate Neville; 10. What is Food-water and Why Do We not Account for It?; Martin Keulertz and Tony Allan; 11. Unintended Water Allocation: Gaining Share from Indirect Action and Inaction; Virginia Hooper and Bruce Lankford; Part 4: Water and the Politics of Scale; 12. Why Scale Matters: Borderless Water and Bordered Thinking; Alice Cohen; 13. Local Water Politics; Sara Hughes and Megan Mullin; 14. Rethinking Urban Water (In)formality; Malini Ranganathan; Part 5: Law, Economics, and Water Management; 15. Innovation and Trends in Water Law; Philippe Cullet; 16. The Economics of Water; Jeffrey M. Peterson and Nathan Hendricks; 17. The Political Economy of Water Markets: Property Rights and Path Dependency in Rivers under Pressure; Dustin Garrick and Jesper Svensson; 18. The Business of Water; Karen Bakker; 19. China's Water Pricing Policies; Zhong Ma, Dunhu Chang, and Fang Zhou; Part 6: The Politics of Transboundary Waters; 20. Managing Transboundary Rivers to Avert Conflict and Facilitate Cooperation; Neda Zawahri; 21. Transboundary Unbound: Redefining Water Conflict and Cooperation for Contemporary Challenges that Extend Beyond Watersheds, Regions, and Water; Jacob D. Petersen-Perlman, Julie E. Watson, and Aaron T. Wolf; 22. Something Has to Yield: Climate Change Transforming Transboundary Water Governance (as We Know It); Joakim Ojendal and Gustav Alden Rudd; 23. River Basin Organizations and the Governance of Transboundary Watercourses; Andrea K. Gerlak and Susanne Schmeier; 24. The Absence of Water Conflicts in the Developing World: Evidence from Africa; Clionadh Raleigh; Part 7: The Politics of Water Knowledge; 25. Adaptive Governance and Integrated Water Resources Management; Mark Lubell and Carolina Balazs; 26. Transfer, Diffusion, Adaptation, and Translation of Water Policy Models; Farhad Mukhtarov and Katherine A. Daniell; 27. Climate Information and Water Management: Building Adaptive Capacity or Business as Usual?; Maria Carmen Lemos and Christine Kirchhoff; Index

About the author: 

Ken Conca is Professor of International Relations at the School of International Service at American University. He is the author or editor of seven books, including Governing Water and Confronting Consumption.; Erika Weinthal is Associate Professor of Environmental Policy at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. She is the author or editor of three books, including State Making and Environmental Cooperation.

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