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The Evolution of the Law and Politics of Water presents an overview of global trends in water law and policy and assesses current global water governance. It provides an historic understanding of how and why after 5,000 years of water governance, that governance still has not reached stability. It identifies the key research questions for water law and policy while providing an overview of the current global water governance regime, its evolving characteristics, and the legal theories involved in these changes. It focuses on water law and discusses the characteristics of national, supranational, and international water law through a combination of case studies and thematic chapters.

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“The volume contains articles on case law on international watercourses, on the concept of international cooperation, on public participation, and on water markets. … The value of The Evolution of the Law and Politics of Water lies primarily in the individual articles. … all articles contain interesting information for those interested in the specific case and some articles are relevant for anyone interested in the evolution of water law in general.” (Erik Mostert, Water History, Vol. 1, 2009)

“This edited book is a welcome addition to the existing scholarly knowledge on water law and policy. It can serve as a useful reference volume as it provides the reader with a wide range of cases to consider the evolution of water law and policy through varied lenses. It is a useful resource for scholars, academic researchers, practitioners, and members of the public who are interested in exploring the evolution of water law over different spatial and temporal scales.” (Lovleen Bhullar, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, Vol. 29, 2011)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402098666
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 4/28/2009
  • Edition description: 2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 413
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

PART 1. Introduction.- 1. The Evolution of Global Water Law.- 2. Mesopotamia: A History of Water and Law.- 3. Islamic Law and the Politics of Water.- 4. Water in the Jewish Legal Tradition.- PART 2. Evolving National Law and Politics.- 5. Brazil: The Evolution of the Law and Politics of Water.- 6. South Africa: The Development of Water Law.- 7. East African Water Regimes: The Case of Kenya.- 8. Israel: The Evolution of Water Law and Policy.- 9. Russia: Historical Dimensions of Water Management.- 10. India: Evolution of Water Law and Policy.- 11. Australia: The Problem of Sustainability in Water.- 12. United States: The Allocation of Surface Waters.- 13. The United States: The Emergence of Environmental Considerations.- PART 3. Evolving Supranational and Regional Water Law and Politics.- 14. European Community Water Policy.- 15. Southern Africa: Evolving Regional Water Law and Politics.- 16. The Jordan Basin: Evolution of the Rules.- 17. The North American Great Lakes.- 18. The Río De La Plata Basin.- PART 4. Current Trends in International Water Law.- 19. Case Law on International Watercourses.- 20. International Cooperation on Water Resources.- 21. Public Participation in Water Governance.- 22. The Market Alternative. PART 5. Conclusions.- 23. The Challenges for the 21st Century: A Critical Approach.- Index.

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