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European Water Law and Hydropolitics

An Inquiry into the Resilience of Transboundary Water Governance in the European Union

  • Provides the first comprehensive hydropolitical assessment of the European Union

  • Enables identification of critical risks to water cooperation among EU member states

  • Offers structural analysis of the interaction among EU, UN, basin-level and bilateral water governance


Part of the Water Governance - Concepts, Methods, and Practice book series (WGCMP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Gábor Baranyai
    Pages 1-5
  3. General Questions of Transboundary Water Governance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Gábor Baranyai
      Pages 9-14
    3. Gábor Baranyai
      Pages 29-44
  4. Transboundary Water Governance in the European Union: An Overview

  5. The Resilience of Transboundary Water Governance in the European Union: A Critical Assessment

  6. Conclusions and Recommendations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. Gábor Baranyai
      Pages 181-183
    3. Gábor Baranyai
      Pages 185-186

About this book


This book provides the first comprehensive assessment of the various issues faced by countries in the European Union, where progressing climate change and urbanization pose significant cooperative challenges in a large number of river basins. Conducting a thorough analysis of the intricate web of EU water governance, it reveals that the hydropolitical stability of the European Union is already at risk. Further, given the structural nature of the shortcomings in EU water policy—e.g. the rigidity of the EU’s founding treaties or the institutional complacency of the European Commission—the book argues that these risks are likely to turn into sources of prolonged conflict, unless EU decision-making bodies take steps to address the new hydrological realities early on. 


Water crisis International water cooperation Water in the Anthropocene EU vulnerability to water scarcity Gap assessment hydropolitical stability waterGAP Groundwater Assessment Platform EU water governance Drought risk in Europe

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Water ScienceUniversity of Public ServiceBudapestHungary

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