Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Eiman Karar
    Pages 1-14 Open Access
  3. Chad Staddon, Robert Sarkozi, Sean Langberg
    Pages 81-102 Open Access
  4. Ganesh Keremane, Jennifer McKay, Zhifang Wu
    Pages 103-127 Open Access
  5. Barbara Van Koppen, Anne Hellum, Lyla Mehta, Bill Derman, Barbara Schreiner
    Pages 129-143 Open Access
  6. Anton Earle, Marian J. Neal
    Pages 145-158 Open Access
  7. Raymond L. Ison, Philip J. Wallis
    Pages 159-185 Open Access
  8. Håkan Tropp, Alejandro Jiménez, Hélène Le Deunff
    Pages 187-204 Open Access
  9. Marguerite de Chaisemartin, Robert G. Varady, Sharon B. Megdal, Kirstin I. Conti, Jac van der Gun, Andrea Merla et al.
    Pages 205-227 Open Access
  10. Douglas J. Merrey, Anjal Prakash, Larry Swatuk, Inga Jacobs, Vishal Narain
    Pages 229-250 Open Access

About this book


The objective of this book is to broadly illustrate the key aspects of water governance, mapping the spectrum of decision-making from techno-centric and eco-centric approaches, to hybrid concepts and people-centric approaches. Topics covered include the challenges for water-governance models, the polycentric model, the integration challenge, water in the decision-making hierarchy, and the rise of water-sensitive design, while also taking into account interdependencies between stakeholders, as well as the issue of scale.

The book’s content is presented in an integrated and comprehensive format, building on detailed case studies from around the world and the authors’ working experiences in the water sector. Combining essential insights with accessible, non-technical language, it offers a valuable resource for academics, technicians and policy-makers alike.


Developmental Statism Free-Market Economics Groundwater Governance Inclusive Governance Portfolio-Based Approach Rights-Based Governance Stakeholder Engagement Transboundary Water Management Urban Hydrosocial Transition Water Governance Futures Water Integrity

Editors and affiliations

  • Eiman Karar
    • 1
  1. 1.Water Research Commission (WRC)PretoriaSouth Africa

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