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The Governance of Water Innovations

To Quench a Thirst

9781800882041 Edward Elgar Publishing
David Lewis Feldman, Professor, Department of Planning, Policy and Design and Professor of Political Science, University of California, Irvine, US
Publication Date: August 2022 ISBN: 978 1 80088 204 1 Extent: c 224 pp
Providing an extensive comparative and international study of water innovations and the issues that arise in their implementation, The Governance of Water Innovations analyses the technical, economic, health and environmental impacts of water innovations and their policy implications.

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Providing an extensive comparative and international study of water innovations and the issues that arise in their implementation, David Lewis Feldman analyses the technical, economic, health and environmental impacts of water innovations and their policy implications.

Discussing desalination, rainwater harvesting, wastewater reuse, and demand-side innovations as well as emerging cyber-infrastructure issues, The Governance of Water Innovations analyses the historical and contemporary challenges involved in water innovations. With a global reach, exploring water innovations across The Americas, Asia, Australia and Europe, chapters consider potential areas of contention involving land use, aesthetics, recreational impacts, user costs, and environmental quality. Illuminating the importance of these challenges and determining the most effective and equitable ways of meeting them, Feldman advises how innovations should be deployed, governed and implemented democratically in ways that harbour public acceptance, trust, and engagement for a water resilient future.

A comprehensive study of the governance of water innovations, this book will prove invaluable to students and scholars of public policy, environmental and water studies and geopolitics. With its pioneering analysis of adaptive governance, it will also prove an essential reference guide to practitioners, professionals and policymakers working in water governance and management, including water agency officials and water resource legislators.
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‘David Feldman has done it again. With his latest book, The Governance of Water Innovations, he reminds us of the limits of technology in governing water. In a time when we are searching for solutions to solve our water woes, Feldman appropriately calls for a more democratic, public engaged process.’
– Andrea K. Gerlak, University of Arizona, US
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Contents: Preface 1. Introduction to the governance of water innovations: the global need for water alternatives 2. Solutions and problems: the promise and pitfalls of water alternatives 3. Water governance: historical themes and relevance today 4. Adaptive governance: new solutions to new challenges 5. Public acceptance: trust, confidence, engagement 6. Future prospects: toward a water-resilient future References Index
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