- 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
Law is at the center of policy and political issues concerning water. Yet, until relatively recently, water law has often been either sidestepped or considered only through limited lenses in international policy debates. This is changing rapidly, in part because increasing economic, social, and physical scarcity of water is fostering increasing conflicts over access to water. This has led to increasing attention to water law and to significant water law reforms. This chapter provides an overview of the basic structure of water law and analyzes recent reforms, with a focus on developments in India where legal reform has been a central part of water-sector reforms. It highlights some of the most contentious issues surrounding legal reforms, in particular the tension between equity and justice, on the one hand, and efficiency and willingness to pay on the other hand, as well as the broader issue of privatization.
Philippe Cullet is Professor of International and Environmental Law at SOAS, University of London and Senior Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi.
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