Decentralization and Coordination of Water Resource Management

  • Douglas D. Parker
  • Yacov Tsur

Part of the Natural Resource Management and Policy book series (NRMP, volume 10)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction and Overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Douglas D. Parker, Yacov Tsur
      Pages 1-5
  3. Regional Water Constraints: Middle East, California, Florida, and Australia

  4. Economic Modeling of Decentralized Water Management Policies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Political Economy of Water Allocation

    3. Water Institutions: Transition to Markets and Other Decentralized Allocation Mechanism

      1. James Roumasset
        Pages 179-198
      2. Nir Becker, Naomi Zeitouni, Mordechai Shechter
        Pages 199-220
      3. David Zilberman, Ujjayant Chakravorty, Farhed Shah
        Pages 221-246
      4. K. William Easter, Gershon Feder
        Pages 261-282
    4. Incorporating Uncertainty in Resource Management Models

  5. Case Studies

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 449-451

About this book


Centralized, top-down management of water resources through regulations has created unnecessary economic burdens upon users. More flexible decentralized controls through the use of economic incentives have gained acceptance over the past decade. The theme of this book is the increasing efforts throughout water-scarce regions to rely upon economic incentives and decentralized mechanisms for efficient water management and allocation.
The book begins with a section of introductory chapters describing water systems, institutions, constraints, and similarities in the following regions: Israel and the Middle East, Turkey, California, Florida, and Australia. Four of these regions face similar climates with wet winters and dry summers. Florida has a more even seasonal distribution of rainfall, yet it uses similar management strategies in controlling groundwater demand and water quality.
The book concludes with a section on water management case studies. These case studies examine issues of conflict related to both water quality and water quantity. While the case studies address both international and intranational concerns in specific regions of the world, they portray broad principles that are applicable to many regions.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Douglas D. Parker
    • 1
  • Yacov Tsur
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA
  2. 2.Hebrew University of JerusalemRehovotIsrael
  3. 3.University of MinnesotaSt. PaulUSA

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