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‘Federal Rivers is an important addition to worldwide water policy discussions. It offers realistic windows into a central focus of water policy governance. The book describes how river management which crosses jurisdictional and sovereign boundaries is both influenced by and influences political systems and that IWRM in river basins is not simply a technical challenge. Its truly interdisciplinary examples will spur creative ideas for both international and transboundary water policy governance and institution building.’
Jerome Delli Priscoli, Editor in Chief, Water Policy and Governor of the World Water Council.

‘Federal Rivers addresses the most pressing water-policy challenges of our times: legal, institutional, management, and scientific coordination over river systems that span multiple jurisdictions and geographies. This collection of authors advances prescient understanding of the dynamic interlinkages among water, climate, energy, and food security. The volume is a must-read for researchers and policy-makers alike.’
Christopher Scott, Associate Professor and Distinguished Scholar, University of Arizona.

‘Federal Rivers brings together comparative insights and topical case studies spanning federal river systems globally. The volume guides the reader to a greater understanding of how federalism in its various forms interacts with pressing issues of water security and integrated water resource management. The book is rounded out by chapters that provide detailed examination of these issues in each continent. This edited volume is set to become a must-read for water resource academics, practitioners and decision-makers.’
Rosalind Bark, CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences.

This groundbreaking book provides a comparative perspective on water management and federalism across multiple countries. Through a collection of case studies, this book explores the water management experiences and lessons learned in nine federal countries and China. The territorial division of power in federations, plus the interconnected politics at the national and regional levels, present a classic governance test for waters shared across multiple political jurisdictions. This is increasingly important as democratic transitions have introduced or invigorated federalism across diverse contexts affecting more than 300 major river basins.Federal Rivers examines both the successes and failures of federal regimes in resolving water conflicts and achieving sustainable water management, particularly within river basins. Case studies across the Americas, Asia, Africa, Europe and Australia highlight the extent and diversity of federal rivers, identifying alternative pathways to sharerisks and make tradeoffs across political jurisdictions.

This book will appeal not only to scholars of resource management and of federalism, but also to practitioners in government, the private sector and international networks with interests in water policy and federalism.

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