Environment & Policy

The Evolution of National Water Regimes in Europe

Transitions in Water Rights and Water Policies

Editors: Kuks, Stefan, Kissling-Näf, Ingrid (Eds.)

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All over the world countries struggle with water stress. Problems vary from water scarcity and a degrading water quality, to floods and a rising sea level due to climate change. The European Union adopted a Water Framework Directive to improve the sustainability of water management in its member states. Water management should be coordinated at the level of river basins as a whole. Interests of various user groups should be better represented. River basin visions should take into account the impact of all human activities on the status of the resource. Water legislation needs streamlining and more focus on its implementation. The European Union advocates regulating water prices by charging the costs of water services on the basis of full cost recovery and the polluter pays principle.

This book examines the development of water management in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy and Switzerland. It is based on the European research project EUWARENESS. The authors apply a theoretical framework for the analysis of institutional regimes, water governance and property rights. The evolution of national water resource regimes is described over a period of almost 200 years (1800-2000). The long-term perspective enables the reader to see the conditions under which regime transformation and paradigm change are made possible. The book also includes a critical analysis of policy making by the European Union, and a comparative review and analysis of regime development in the six countries involved.

This book is followed by another volume published with Kluwer Academic Publishers on "Integrated Governance and Water Basin Management", edited by Hans Bressers and Stefan Kuks.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction to Institutional Resource Regimes

    Kissling-Näf, Ingrid (et al.)

    Pages 1-23

  • The Sustainability Performance of National Resource Regimes

    Kuks, Stefan

    Pages 25-48

  • The Evolution of European Water Policy

    Aubin, David (et al.)

    Pages 49-86

  • The Evolution of the Water Regime in the Netherlands

    Kuks, Stefan

    Pages 87-141

  • The Evolution of the Water Regimes in Belgium

    Aubin, David (et al.)

    Pages 143-185

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Evolution of National Water Regimes in Europe
Book Subtitle
Transitions in Water Rights and Water Policies
Editors
  • Stefan Kuks
  • Ingrid Kissling-Näf
Series Title
Environment & Policy
Series Volume
40
Copyright
2004
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-2484-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-2484-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-2483-2
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-6667-1
Series ISSN
1383-5130
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 370
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