Water rights and water governance : a cautionary tale and the case for interdisciplinary governance

Sampford, Charles (2009) Water rights and water governance : a cautionary tale and the case for interdisciplinary governance. In Llamas, M. Ramon, Cortina, L. Martinez, & Mukhenji, Adite (Eds.) Water Ethics. Taylor & Francis/CRC Press, London, pp. 45-68.

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Although Australia is the world’s driest continent without the complication of international borders and a generally good governance reputation, its record of water governance is very poor. This chapter considers some of the potentially general lessons that might be derived for water governance. These include: the difficulties of delineatingwater rights; the apparent preference for creating property rights in unsustainable uses of water while failing to deliver basic water rights; the inter twining of carbon and water crises; the dangers of privatising networks that form natural monopolies; the dangers of disciplinary hubris where interdisciplinary understanding is critical. It concludes by starting to address some of the water governance issues raised by globalisation.

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ID Code: 42583
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Governance, Ethics, Public Policy
ISBN: 9780415473033
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > APPLIED ETHICS (220100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Law and Justice Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Taylor & Francis/CRC Press
Deposited On: 13 Jul 2011 01:24
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2012 18:30

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