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Decentralization and Coordination of Water Resource Management : Recent Economic Thought - Douglas D. Parker

Decentralization and Coordination of Water Resource Management

Recent Economic Thought

By: Douglas D. Parker (Editor), Yacov Tsur (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 30th April 1997
ISBN: 9780792399148
Number Of Pages: 451

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Centralized, top-down management of water resources through regulations has created unnecessary economic burdens upon users. More flexible decentralized controls through the use of economic incentives have gained acceptance over the past decade. The theme of this volume is the increasing efforts throughout water-scarce regions to rely upon economic incentives and decentralized mechanisms for efficient water management and allocation. The book begins with a section of introductory chapters describing water systems, institutions, constraints, and similarities in the following regions: Israel and the Middle East, Turkey, California, Florida, and Australia. Four of these regions face similar climates with wet winters and dry summers. Florida has a more even seasonal distribution of rainfall, yet it uses similar management strategies in controlling groundwater demand and water quality. The book continues with a three-part section on different themes of water resource economics. These chapters provide theoretical models relevant to their areas and address empirical problems relevant to all the regions discussed. While most chapters use a particular region for their empirical analysis, the theoretical models reveal their applicability to other areas. Part I consists of several chapters that illustrate political economic considerations of water resource allocation. Part II looks at water institutions and their role in creating flexible water management mechanisms using economic principles. Part III looks at the impacts of incorporating uncertainty into resource management. The use of uncertainty in models is especially important for water management in regions with high degrees of supply uncertainty. The text concludes with a section on water management case studies. These case studies examine issues of conflict related to both water quality and water quantity. While the case studies address both international and intranational concerns in specific regions of the world, they portray broad principles that are applicable to many regions.

Acknowledgmentsp. v
Introduction and Overviewp. 1
Regional Water Constraints: Middle East, California, Florida, and Australiap. 7
The Israel Water Economy: An Overviewp. 9
The Jordan River Basin: Beyond National Concernsp. 23
Water Resources in Turkey: Availability, Use, and Managementp. 33
California's Water Resources and Institutionsp. 45
Decentralized Water Allocation in Floridap. 55
Australia's Water Situation: Resource Allocation and Management in a Maturing Systemp. 67
Economic Modeling of Decentralized Water Management Policiesp. 87
Political Economy of Water Allocation
The Political Economy of Domestic Water Allocation: The Cases of Israel and Jordanp. 89
Transboundary Water Agreements and Development Assistancep. 115
Informational Imperfections in Water Resource Systems and the Political Economy of Water Supply and Pricing in Israelp. 133
The Strategic Interdependence of a Shared Water Aquifer: A General Equilibrium Analysisp. 155
Water Institutions: Transition to Markets and Other Decentralized Allocation Mechanisms
Designing Institutions for Water Managementp. 179
Employing Market Mechanisms to Encourage Efficient Use of Water in the Middle Eastp. 199
Efficient Management of Water in Agriculturep. 221
Deriving Short-Run, Multistage Demand Curves and Simulating Market Prices for Reservoir Water Under Weather Uncertaintyp. 247
Water Institutions, Incentives, and Marketsp. 261
Incorporating Uncertainty in Resource Management Models
On Event Uncertainty and Renewable Resource Managementp. 283
Quantifying Tradeoffs Between In-Stream and Off-Stream Uses Under Weather Uncertaintyp. 299
An Ex Ante Approach to Modeling Investment in New Technologyp. 317
The Economics of Conjunctive Ground and Surface Water Irrigation Systems: Basic Principles and Empirical Evidence from Southern Californiap. 339
Case Studiesp. 363
Peace and Prospects for International Water Projects in the Jordan-Yarmouk River Basinp. 365
Modeling the Impacts of Reducing Agricultural Water Supplies: Lessons from California's Bay/Delta Problemp. 389
Water and Conflict in the Twenty-first Century: The Middle East and Californiap. 411
Decentralized Mechanisms and Institutions for Managing Water Resources: Reflections on Experiences from Australiap. 429
Indexp. 449
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ISBN: 9780792399148
ISBN-10: 0792399145
Series: Recent Economic Thought
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 451
Published: 30th April 1997
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.82