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Transboundary Water Management in Federal Political Systems: A Story of Three Semi-arid Rivers

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Federalism has increasing influence on river basin management across diverse geographic and political economic contexts, ranging from Australia and the US to India and Iraq (Garrick et al. 2013). Federal countries divide authority across territorial and national governments, which presents a classic governance test to manage conflicts and spread risk in shared waters. Federal rivers lie at the intersection of two traditions of research on collective action in the water commons—one focused on user self-organisation and the other on the geopolitics of international rivers.

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    The Rio Grande of the US/Mexico and most rivers of Southern Spain all share these attributes. However, economic development further distinguishes these basins. While South Africa’s federal rivers confront similar hydroclimatic risks, for example, the country has achieved comparably lower levels of economic development.

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This chapter is adapted from the case study section (Sect. 5) of Garrick et al. 2013.

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Garrick, D., De Stefano, L., Pittock, J., Connell, D. (2014). Transboundary Water Management in Federal Political Systems: A Story of Three Semi-arid Rivers. In: Bhaduri, A., Bogardi, J., Leentvaar, J., Marx, S. (eds) The Global Water System in the Anthropocene. Springer Water. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-07548-8_22

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