ISBN-10:
0262532735
ISBN-13:
2900262532739
Pub. Date:
09/30/2005
Publisher:
MIT Press
Governing Water: Contentious Transnational Politics and Global Institution Building / Edition 1

Governing Water: Contentious Transnational Politics and Global Institution Building / Edition 1

by Ken Conca
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    ISBN-13: 2900262532739
    Publisher: MIT Press
    Publication date: 09/30/2005
    Series: Global Environmental Accord: Strategies for Sustainability and Institutional Innovation
    Edition description: New Edition
    Pages: 486
    Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

    About the Author

    Ken Conca is Associate Professor of Government and Politics and Director of the Harrison Program on the Future Global Agenda at the University of Maryland.

    Table of Contents

    Series Forewordix
    Prefacexi
    Acknowledgmentsxv
    1Managing the Global Environment or Protecting the Planet's Places? Institutional Forms of Global Environmental Governance1
    2Toward a Social Theory of International Institutions35
    3Pushing Rivers Around: The Cumulative Toll on the World's Watersheds and Freshwater Ecosystems73
    4Swimming Upstream: In Search of a Global Regime for International Rivers (with Fengshi Wu and Joanne Neukirchen)93
    5Expert Networks: The Elusive Quest for Integrated Water Resources Management123
    6The Ecology of Human Rights: Anti-Dam Activism and Watershed Democracy167
    7Invisible Hand, Visible Fist: The Transnational Politics of Water Marketization215
    8Brazil: Innovation through Conflict257
    9South Africa: "With Water We Will Wash Away the Past"311
    10Institution Building as the Social Embedding of Political Struggle373
    Notes391
    References425
    Index459

    What People are Saying About This

    Anthony Turton

    The hydropolitics literature is characterized by basin-level studies, usually from areas of conflict, mostly written by scholars from disciplines other than IR. It therefore comes as a breath of fresh air when an empirical study is done at a global level of scale, by an IR specialist. This work is of great significance to both academic and water resource manager alike, because it shows deep insight into a complex subject. This contribution by Ken Conca to the field of Environmental Security and Hydropolitics is substantial.

    Paul Wapner

    There is hardly a more critical issue today than ensuring just and sustainable access to water. Governing Water explains the challenges of safeguarding such access and charts the emergence of genuinely innovative forms of global water governance. Theoretically sound and impressively researched, it represents a major achievement in rethinking the prospects for global environmental protection in general.

    Jan Aart Scholte

    An excellent eye-opener. Conca's study of water produces a compelling critique of prevailing modes of global governance and a hopeful exploration of a nonterritorialist, nonstatist, nonfunctionalist social ecology.

    Margaret Keck

    This is an outstanding contribution to the study of international environmental politics and world politics more generally. In clear language and moving seamlessly between theory and cases, Conca takes us beyond regime theory to the guts of the messy struggles over power and meaning that shape practices, whose routinization may give rise to institutions. He does an admirable job of keeping domestic and international politics visible in the same lens. This is the best treatment I know of the increasingly important international politics of water.

    Endorsement

    There is hardly a more critical issue today than ensuring just and sustainable access to water. Governing Water explains the challenges of safeguarding such access and charts the emergence of genuinely innovative forms of global water governance. Theoretically sound and impressively researched, it represents a major achievement in rethinking the prospects for global environmental protection in general.

    Paul Wapner, School of International Service, American University

    From the Publisher

    An excellent eye-opener. Conca's study of water produces a compelling critique of prevailing modes of global governance and a hopeful exploration of a nonterritorialist, nonstatist, nonfunctionalist social ecology.

    Jan Aart Scholte , Codirector, Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation, University of Warwick

    This is an outstanding contribution to the study of international environmental politics and world politics more generally. In clear language and moving seamlessly between theory and cases, Conca takes us beyond regime theory to the guts of the messy struggles over power and meaning that shape practices, whose routinization may give rise to institutions. He does an admirable job of keeping domestic and international politics visible in the same lens. This is the best treatment I know of the increasingly important international politics of water.

    Margaret Keck , Department of Political Science, John Hopkins University

    This excellent book is a valuable contribution to our understanding of the shape and evolution of the global water regime. Authoritative, nuanced, and comprehensive in its coverage, it should be on the reading list of anyone concerned with water management and politics.

    Ashok Swain , Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University

    Conca has convincingly captured the complex transnational dynamics and changing governance architectures of water in world affairs. Scholars, students, practitioners, and all those who care about sustainable development, human security, and democratization should read this book.

    Sanjeev Khagram , Faculty Director, Lindenberg Center for International Development, University of Washington, and author of Dams and Development

    A major achievement in rethinking the prospects for global environmental protection in general.

    Paul Wapner , School of International Service, American University

    The hydropolitics literature is characterized by basin-level studies, usually from areas of conflict, mostly written by scholars from disciplines other than IR. It therefore comes as a breath of fresh air when an empirical study is done at a global level of scale, by an IR specialist. This work is of great significance to both academic and water resource manager alike, because it shows deep insight into a complex subject. This contribution by Ken Conca to the field of Environmental Security and Hydropolitics is substantial.

    Anthony Turton , Gibb-SERA Chair in IWRM, Environmentek, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa

    There is hardly a more critical issue today than ensuring just and sustainable access to water. Governing Water explains the challenges of safeguarding such access and charts the emergence of genuinely innovative forms of global water governance. Theoretically sound and impressively researched, it represents a major achievement in rethinking the prospects for global environmental protection in general.

    Paul Wapner , School of International Service, American University

    Ashok Swain

    This excellent book is a valuable contribution to our understanding of the shape and evolution of the global water regime. Authoritative, nuanced, and comprehensive in its coverage, it should be on the reading list of anyone concerned with water management and politics.

    Sanjeev Khagram

    Conca has convincingly captured the complex transnational dynamics and changing governance architectures of water in world affairs. Scholars, students, practitioners, and all those who care about sustainable development, human security, and democratization should read this book.

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