Water Quantity/Quality Management And Conflict Resolution

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Increasing world demands for water call for new institutions and rules to minimize economic and political conflicts. Growing water quality problems from industry and agriculture only further exacerbate supply problems. Such conflicts can jeopardize economic and, in some parts of the world, even social order. To help understand the benefits and pitfalls of possible alternative organizations, the contributors focus on local, interregional and international cases, using a variety of economic analysis methods. Practitioners, students, and scholars will find this work a valuable resource in water policy, environmental policy, resource economics, and civil engineering.

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Presents concepts and case studies relevant for the design of water management institutions and organizations, and looks at methods of economic analysis such as simulation, mathematical modeling, water rights allocation methods, and alternative bargaining rules for water auctions. Case studies from the US and other countries indicate variations in water management philosophies, describe management at federal and local levels, and consider the relationship of state and federal management institutions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275947828
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/1995
  • Pages: 548
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

ARIEL DINAR is an Economist with the World Bank's Agriculture and Natural Resources Department in Washington DC.

EDNA TUSAK LOEHMAN is an Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University.

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Table of Contents

1 Evaluation of Two Institutional Arrangements for Resolving Interstate Water Disputes 5
2 The Role of the U.S. Government in Water Quality and Quantity Issues 21
3 The Federal Clean Water Act and Its Application to the San Francisco Bay Estuary 31
4 Institutions for Managing Groundwater Basins in Southern California 43
5 Water Use and Transfer in Taiwan 61
6 Water Dispute Resolution Mechanisms in India 71
7 Conflict Resolution in Ontario Water Resources Policy 81
8 Interstate Water Management: The Case of the Murray-Darling Basin in Australia 93
9 The Design of Institutional Arrangements for Water Allocation 107
10 Resolving Water Transfer Conflicts Through Changes in the Water Market Process 119
11 Alienable Privatization Policies: The Choice Between Inefficiency and Injustice 131
12 Integrating Equity, Efficiency, and Orderly Development in Groundwater Allocation 143
13 Integration of Quantity and Quality in a Water Market 155
14 Toward a New Nile Waters Agreement 167
15 Resolving Conflicts over Water Disputes in the Jordan River Basin 179
16 Conflict over Eastern U.S. Water Transfers: Toward a New Era of Negotiation? 189
17 Western U.S. Indian Water Conflicts: A Discussion of Economic Issues 203
18 Resolving Intergovernmental Water Disputes Through Negotiation 219
19 Lessons in Conflict Resolution: The Case of the Denver Water Department 233
20 Resolving Environmental Conflicts Through Mediation 249
21 Bargaining and Water Disputes: A Perspective on the Coming Decade 259
22 Competing Demands for California's Scarce Water 271
23 Collective Action in Irrigation 289
24 Cooperative Solutions for Problems of Water Supply 301
25 Cooperative and Noncooperative Water Diversion in the Great Lakes Basin 321
26 Innovations in Cooperation: North American Waterfowl Management Plan 337
27 Protecting Water Resource Quality: Designing an Emission Charge System in New Zealand 359
28 Political Economy of the Transition from Water Rights to Water Markets 369
29 Minimizing Potential Distortions in a Spot Water Market: A Multilateral Bargaining Approach 385
30 A Bargaining Model for Water Transfers Including Water Quality 399
31 Common Pool Resources: The Relevance of Laboratory Experimental Research 409
32 Positional Analysis Applied to Water Pollution Problems in Developing Countries 427
33 Political Power Measures for Water Management Interest Groups 439
34 Analyzing Interest Group Preferences: An Application of the Analytic Hierarchy Process 453
35 Contingent Valuation in Resolving Local Public Water Problems 469
36 Economic and Political Analysis of Dredging Ohio's State Park Lakes 485
Subject Index 501
Name Index 511
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