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Palgrave Studies in Water Governance: Policy and Practice

A Critical Approach to International Water Management Trends

Policy and Practice

Editors: Bréthaut, Christian, Schweizer, Rémi (Eds.)

  • Provides a critical discussion of international water management concepts and trends
  • Analyses water management using empirical research on water governance in Switzerland
  • Considers the extent concepts and forms of governance of water management have structured practises in the field
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About this book

This edited volume provides a critical discussion of particular trends that are widely recognised to influence water management by comparing them with what is actually happening in the field. Among others, these trends include water security, adaptive or integrative management, and the water-energy-food nexus, which are often presented as essential means to reaching more sustainable and resilient water use. However, the extent to which these trends have managed to structure concrete practices in water management remains uncertain. 

Informed by empirically grounded research, each chapter of this work engages with a particular approach, concept or theory. Together, they provide a nuanced picture of trends in water management that require universal remedies and global norms.

About the authors

Christian Bréthaut is a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Environmental Sciences, University of Geneva, Switzerland. He leads the Education and Knowledge component of the Geneva Water Hub and co-leads the UNESCO Chair on Hydropolitics from the University of Geneva. Rémi Schweizer is a Senior Researcher and Lecturer at the University of Lausanne and ETH Zürich. His research focuses on environmental and food governance, with a particular interest on power relations, policy implementation and innovation, and local community governance.

Reviews

“This is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary assessment that adroitly uses the Swiss case to reflect on cross-cutting issues of international relevance. Deftly weaving together references to the natural and social science literature, the analysis explores some of our most pertinent and pressing water issues.” (Karen Bakker, University of British Columbia, Canada)

“Cross-fertilizing thorough case studies and relevant theoretical frameworks, this book provides insightful learning regarding contemporary international water challenges. The analytical perspectives, founded upon empirical evidences, provide excellent food for thought for researchers, practitioners and policy makers alike.” (Michael Møller, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva, Switzerland)

“A nice edited collection about the challenges of water management in Switzerland, which provides a good way to critically deconstruct water policy ‘fads’, their shortfalls and their alternatives.” (Jeremy Allouche, University of Sussex, UK)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Taking Up Practical and Intellectual Challenges Posed by International Water Management Trends: Some Introductory Remarks

    Bréthaut, Christian (et al.)

    Pages 1-22

  • Avoiding the Commons Trap: An Exploration of Local Community Governance of Water in Valais, Switzerland

    Schweizer, Rémi

    Pages 23-44

  • Integrated Water Resources Management as a Compromise: Renewing the Water Act in the Canton of Fribourg, Switzerland

    Buchs, Arnaud

    Pages 45-69

  • Transboundary Water Management: From Geopolitics to a Non-state Analytical Perspective: The Case of the Rhône River

    Bréthaut, Christian

    Pages 71-95

  • From Multi-level Governance to Scalar Politics: Water Community Networks Challenging Neo-Extractivist Governmental Institutions in Ecuador

    Dupuits, Emilie

    Pages 97-121

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-60086-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $149.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-60085-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Critical Approach to International Water Management Trends
Book Subtitle
Policy and Practice
Editors
  • Christian Bréthaut
  • Rémi Schweizer
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Water Governance: Policy and Practice
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-60086-8
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-60086-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-60085-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 305
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations, 17 illustrations in colour
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