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Policy and Strategic Behaviour in Water Resource Management

By: Ariel Dinar(Editor), José Albiac(Editor)

320 pages, plates with colour illustrations; b/w illustrations


Paperback | Jan 2016 | #238719 | ISBN-13: 9781138978676
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Hardback | Jan 2009 | #178253 | ISBN-13: 9781844076697
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Water resource management throughout the world is a very complicated issue, involving various aspects and dimensions and a well-coordinated set of policies. A well designed water policy is a multi-faceted concerted intervention, which could be specific to just one set of political and physical socio-economic conditions. A framework to analyze the interaction between policy design and implementation can assist in improving both of these in various physical, economic, and political situations.

Policy and Strategic Behaviour in Water Resource Management focuses on the interaction between policy making and strategic behaviour of policy-makers, water users, and other stakeholders, and how policy analysis and other analytical tools from the field of game theory and negotiation can improve policy design. The book presents analysis by high-level policy makers and policy analysts from various countries, to share experience regarding specific policy issues that are relevant to almost any country in the world but may have been addressed differently in each country.

Policy and Strategic Behaviour in Water Resource Management addresses the complex but crucial issue of policy making in the water sector; presents new ideas from analyses of strategic behaviour, such as game theory; and, includes a range of case study material from Australia, Brazil, Italy, Jordan, South Africa, Spain and the USA and draws conclusions relevant to policies in all jurisdictions.

"Dinar and Albiac have produced a volume of enormous importance. The contributors represent a wealth of experience in the 'water game', and they share with us the conceptual and empirical insights pertinent to the crafting of coherent water policy in various settings and circumstances."
– Daniel W. Bromley, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Dinar and Albiac have brought together an excellent set of papers using a game theoretic approach to analyse how policies affect the strategies of water users and managers around the world. This book will be valuable reading for seminars in economics, political science, sociology, policy and environmental science."
– Elinor Ostrom, Co-Director, Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University



1. Policy and Strategy in Water Resource Management: Can We Do Better When Both Are Coordinated?

Part I: Issues in Water Resource Policy
2. Issues in Water Resources Policy in Jordan
3. Water Scarcity, Quality and Environmental Protection Policies in Jordan
4. Water Management in Urbanizing, Arid Regions: Innovative Voluntary Transactions as a Response to Competing Water Claims
5. Groundwater Management Issues and Innovations in Arizona
6. Water Policy in Australia: The Impact of Change and Uncertainty
7. The Policy Challenge of Matching Environmental Water to Ecological Need
8. Water Management in Spain: An Example of Changing Paradigms
9. Policy Issues Related to Climate Change in Spain

Part II: Issues in Water Resource Strategy
10. Water Confl icts: Issues in International Water, Water Allocation and Water Pricing with Focus on Jordan
11. Good and Bad Forms of Participation in Water Management: Some Lessons from Brazil
12. Issues of Balancing International, Environmental and Equity Needs in a Situation of Water Scarcity

Part III: Interaction between Policy and Strategy
13. Modelling Negotiated Decision Making under Uncertainty: An Application to the Piave River Basin, Italy
14. Strategic Behaviour in Water Policy Negotiations: Lessons from California
15. Strategic Behaviour in Transboundary Water and Environmental Management
16. Climate Change and International Water: The Role of Strategic Alliances in Resource Allocation


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Ariel Dinar is Lead Economist and Co-ordinator of Climate Change Research in the Development Research Group at the World Bank, Washington DC, USA. He will soon take up position as Professor of Environmental Economics and Policy, and Director Water Science and Policy Center, University of California, Riverside, USA. He is author/editor of many books on water economics and natural resource issues, including Climate Change and Agriculture in Africa (Earthscan, 2008).

José Albiac is a Senior Researcher at the Agrifood Research and Technology Centre (CITA - Government of Aragon), Zaragoza, Spain.

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