- The Oxford Handbook of Water Politics and Policy
- List of Contributors
- The Political Dimensions of Water
- Water and Poverty: Pathways of Escape and Descent
- Knowing Equity When We See It: Water Equity in Contemporary Global Contexts
- Gender and Water
- Monitoring the Progressive Realization of the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation: Frontier Analysis as a Basis to Enhance Human Rights Accountability
- Indigenous Peoples and Water Justice in a Globalizing World
- Re-Imagined Communities: The Transformational Potential of Interspecies Ethnography in Water Policy Development
- The Water-Energy-Food Nexus in Arid Regions: The Politics of Problemsheds
- The Nexus of Energy and Water Quality
- What Is Food-water and Why Do We not Account for It?
- Unintended Water Allocation: Gaining Share from Indirect Action and Inaction
- Why Scale Matters: Borderless Water and Bordered Thinking
- Local Water Politics
- Rethinking Urban Water (In)formality
- Innovation and Trends in Water Law
- Economics of Water
- The Political Economy of Water Markets: 40 Years of Debates, Experiments and Lessons Learned
- The Business of Water
- China’s Water Pricing Policies
- Managing Transboundary Rivers to Avert Conflict and Facilitate Cooperation
- Transboundary Unbound: Redefining Water Conflict and Cooperation for Contemporary Challenges that Extend beyond Watersheds, Regions, and Water
- “Something Has to Yield”: Climate Change Transforming Transboundary Water Governance (as We Know It)
- River Basin Organizations and the Governance of Transboundary Watercourses
- The Absence of Water Conflicts in the Developing World: Evidence from Africa
- Integrated Water Resources Management
- Transfer, Diffusion, Adaptation, and Translation of Water Policy Models
- Climate Information and Water Management: Building Adaptive Capacity or Business as Usual?
- Author Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter provides an introduction to the Oxford Handbook of Water Politics and Policy. The politics of water is shaped by several factors, including its critical role in life-sustaining processes, its challenging physical properties as a flowing and often unpredictable resource that declines to “sit still” for governance, and the tensions among its many different social meanings—valuable commodity, lynchpin of cultures, foundational symbol in the world’s major religions, and secular symbol of national progress and global human rights. The chapter sketches some of the main historical trajectories in water politics, shaped not only by local hydrologic and socioeconomic circumstances but also by powerful transnational political, economic, and ideational forces. The chapter also sketches the development of social-science scholarship on water, including clustered research on irrigation development, managing common property resources, transboundary water relations, environmental history, cultural studies of water, and climate-driven challenges of resilience and adaptive capacity.
Ken Conca is Professor of International Relations in the School of International Service at American University.
Erika Weinthal is Lee Hill Snowdon Professor of Environmental Policy at Duke University’s Nicholas School of Environment.
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