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Federal Rivers

Managing Water in Multi-Layered Political Systems Edited by Dustin E. Garrick, Philomathia Chair of Water Policy, Department of Political Science and W. Booth School of Engineering Practice, McMaster University, Canada, George R.M. Anderson, New York University, US, Daniel Connell and Jamie Pittock, Australian National University
This groundbreaking book provides a comparative perspective on water management and federalism across multiple countries. Through a collection of case studies, this book explores the water management experiences and lessons learned in nine 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.
Extent: 384 pp
Hardback Price: £95.00 Web: £85.50
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 978 1 78195 504 8
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This groundbreaking book provides a comparative perspective on water management and federalism across multiple countries. Through a collection of case studies, this book explores the water management experiences and lessons learned in nine 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.

Federal Rivers examines both the successes and failures of federal regimes in resolving water conflicts and achieving sustainable water management, particularly within river basins. Case studies across the Americas, Asia, Africa, Europe and Australia highlight the extent and diversity of federal rivers, identifying alternative pathways to share
risks and make tradeoffs across political jurisdictions.

This book will appeal not only to scholars of resource management and of federalism, but also to practitioners in government, the private sector and international networks with interests in water policy and federalism.
‘Federal Rivers is an important addition to worldwide water policy discussions. It offers realistic windows into a central focus of water policy –governance. The book describes how river management which crosses jurisdictional and sovereign boundaries is both influenced by and influences political systems and that IWRM in river basins is not simply a technical challenge. Its truly interdisciplinary examples will spur creative ideas for both international and transboundary water policy governance and institution building.’
– Jerome Delli Priscoli, Editor in Chief, Water Policy and Governor of the World Water Council

‘Federal Rivers addresses the most pressing water-policy challenges of our times: legal, institutional, management, and scientific coordination over river systems that span multiple jurisdictions and geographies. This collection of authors advances prescient understanding of the dynamic interlinkages among water, climate, energy, and food security. The volume is a must-read for researchers and policy-makers alike.’
– Christopher Scott, Associate Professor and Distinguished Scholar, University of Arizona.

‘Federal Rivers brings together comparative insights and topical case studies spanning federal river systems globally. The volume guides the reader to a greater understanding of how federalism in its various forms interacts with pressing issues of water security and integrated water resource management. The book is rounded out by chapters that provide detailed examination of these issues in each continent. This edited volume is set to become a must-read for water resource academics, practitioners and decision-makers.’
– Rosalind Bark, CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences

Contributors: S. Ahmad, J. Albiac, G. Anderson, K. Aziz, E. Barrios, B. Braga, E. Calvo, A.C. Coelho, D. Connell, O.F. da Silva, L De Stefano, D. du Toit, E. Esteban, R. Flecha, N. Freitas, D. Garrick, A. Gerlak, T. Heikkila, R. Hooja, T. Horbulyk, K. Jian, M. Khan, H. Koff, M. Dinesh Kumar, F. Lan, E. Lopez-Gunn, C. Maganda, M. Muller, J. Pittock, S. Pollard, J. Saunders, E. Schlager, A. Silveira

Contents:

Introduction
1. Federal Rivers: A Critical Overview of Water Governance Challenges in Federal Systems
Dustin Garrick, George Anderson, Daniel Connell and Jamie Pittock

2. Climate Adaptation in River Management in a Post-stationary World
Jamie Pittock

PART 1: AMERICAS
3. Federalism and US Water Policy
Andrea K. Gerlak

4. Water Scarcity, Conflict Resolution, and Adaptive Governance in Federal Transboundary River Basins
Edella Schlager and Tanya Heikkila

5. Managing Water in a Federal State: The Canadian Experience
J. Owen Saunders

6. Resilience of River Basin Governance Institutions in the Saskatchewan River Basin of Western Canada
Ted Horbulyk

7. Water Management and Ecosystems: A New Framework in Mexico
Eugenio Barrios

8. Main Challenges and Responses to Federalism and Water Security in Brazil
Ana Carolina Coelho, Benedito Braga, Rodrigo Flecha, Nelson Freitas and Osman F. da Silva

PART II: EUROPE – THE SPANISH EXPERIENCE
9. River Basin Governance and Water Policies in Spain
José Albiac, Elena Calvo and Encarna Esteban

10. Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Re-defining Water Security under Decentralisation in Spain
Elena Lopez-Gunn and Lucia De Stefano

PART IV SOUTHERN AFRICA
11. Allocating Powers and Functions in a Federal Design: The Experience of South Africa
Mike Muller

12. Meeting the Challenges of Equity and Sustainability in Complex and Uncertain Worlds: The Emergence of Integrated Water Resources Management in the Eastern Rivers of South Africa
Sharon Pollard and Derick du Toit

PART V: SOUTH ASIA
13. Managing Water in India’s Federal Framework
Rakesh Hooja

14. The Hydro-institutional Challenge of Managing Water Economies of Federal Rivers: A Case Study of Narmada River Basin, India
M. Dinesh Kumar

15. Inter-jurisdictional Water Management in Pakistan’s Indus Basin
Shahid Ahmad, Khalid Aziz and Mujib Khan

PART VI: CHINA
16. China’s Political System, Economic Reform and the Governance of Water Quality in the Pearl River Basin
Andre Silveira

17. Watershed Management in Tai Lake Basin in China
Ke Jian

18. China’s Federal River Management: An Example of Han River
Lan Fang

PART VII AUSTRALIA
19. The Murray–Darling Basin
Daniel Connell

PART VIII: CONCLUSIONS
20. Water Security in Cross-Border Regions: What Relevance for Federal Human Security Regimes?
Carmen Maganda and Harlan Koff

21. Water Resources Management in Federal Systems
George Anderson