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The Evolution of Markets for Water

Theory and Practice in Australia Edited by Jeff Bennett, Professor of Environmental Management, Crawford School of Economics and Government, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
This book presents a detailed picture of the evolutionary processes at work in water markets with a particular focus on theory and practice in Australia. Policymakers are striving to strike a balance between the pros and cons of a property rights/market based approach to the allocation of water resources, as opposed to an approach that centres on government regulation. The current movement in Australia is toward the use of markets, and numerous reforms are either underway or under consideration in that direction. This provides an ideal opportunity to observe the factors at play in determining the balance and hence the mix of policy instruments at work. The distinguished contributors offer a range of perspectives – economic, legal, environmental – and combine conceptual analysis with evidence from real policy decisions.
Extent: 208 pp
Hardback Price: $127.00 Web: $114.30
Publication Date: 2005
ISBN: 978 1 84542 400 8
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This book presents a detailed picture of the evolutionary processes at work in water markets with a particular focus on theory and practice in Australia. Policymakers are striving to strike a balance between the pros and cons of a property rights/market based approach to the allocation of water resources, as opposed to an approach that centres on government regulation. The current movement in Australia is toward the use of markets, and numerous reforms are either underway or under consideration in that direction. This provides an ideal opportunity to observe the factors at play in determining the balance and hence the mix of policy instruments at work. The distinguished contributors offer a range of perspectives – economic, legal, environmental – and combine conceptual analysis with evidence from real policy decisions.

Policymakers and governmental advisers will find this book timely and extremely relevant to making decisions on what is arguably the world’s most critical natural resource. The Evolution of Markets for Water will also be of great interest to academics and students with an interest in natural resource economics, law and management.
Contributors: N. Abel, J. Bennett, D. Campbell, A. Coggan, R.A. Epstein, J. Freebairn, E. Harris, A. Moran, J. Rolfe, P.-L. Tan, S. Whitten, M. Woolston
Contents: Preface by Alan Moran 1. Markets and Government – An Evolving Balance 2. Principles and Issues for Effective Australian Water Markets 3. The Historical Variation in Water Rights 4. State Administration versus Private Innovation: The Evolution of Property Rights to Water in Victoria, Australia 5. A Property Framework for Water Markets: The Role of Law 6. Registration of Water Titles: Key Issues in Developing Systems to Underpin Market Development 7. Accounting for Water Flows: Are Entitlements to Water Complete and Defensible and Does this Matter? 8. Potential Efficiency Gains from Water Trading in Queensland 9. Water Trading Instruments in Australia: Some Thoughts on Future Development of Australian Water Markets 10. Realising Environmental Demands in Water Markets Index