The Evolution of the Law and Politics of Water

Editors: Dellapenna, Joseph W., Gupta, Joyeeta (Eds.)

  • Features a unique combination of national case studies and thematic chapters that explore the historical evolution and current status of water law and governance
  • Introduces a theory of water law change and development
  • Presents a study of the interaction of culture, religion, government and law in water governance and management
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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.

The Evolution of the Law and Politics of Water is the first volume to take a global perspective on the evolution of water law and policy. It describes global patterns and sets forth the particulars of eight national legal systems drawn from every continent and five regional or supranational systems, as well as the body of customary international law as a whole. In particular, it is the first book to explore the interrelation between culture, religion, government and law in water governance and management. The volume is, therefore, a must-read for anyone interested in how water governance has changed through time and in different places as well as anyone interested in how water law has sought to channel water governance through time and in different places and what variables account for the relative success (or lack of success) of water law in performing this channelling function. It is suggestive of possible lines of water law reform and whether a particular reform is likely to be successful.

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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)


Table of contents (23 chapters)

  • The Evolution of Global Water Law

    Dellapenna, Joseph W. (et al.)

    Pages 3-19

  • Mesopotamia: A History of Water and Law

    Kornfeld, Itzchak E.

    Pages 21-36

  • Islamic Law and the Politics of Water

    Naff, Thomas

    Pages 37-52

  • Water in the Jewish Legal Tradition

    Laster, Richard (et al.)

    Pages 53-66

  • Brazil: The Evolution of the Law and Politics of Water

    Farias, Paulo José Leite

    Pages 69-86

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eBook $189.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Evolution of the Law and Politics of Water
Editors
  • Joseph W. Dellapenna
  • Joyeeta Gupta
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-9867-3
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-9867-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-9866-6
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-8214-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 413
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