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Integrated River Basin Management through Decentralization

  • Karin E. Kemper
  • Ariel Dinar
  • William Blomquist
  • Examines how institutional arrangements for managing water resources at the river basin level have been designed and implemented


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXI
  2. River Basin Management at the Lowest Appropriate Level: When and Why Does It Work in Practice?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. W. Blomquist, A. Dinar, K. E. Kemper
      Pages 17-32
  3. The Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. W. Blomquist, B. Haisman, A. Dinar, A. Bhat
      Pages 65-82
    3. R. M. Formiga Johnsson, K. E. Kemper
      Pages 85-108
    4. R. M. Formiga Johnsson, K. E. Kemper
      Pages 111-129
    5. W. Blomquist, K. S. Calbick, A. Dinar
      Pages 131-147
    6. W. Blomquist, M. Ballestero, A. Bhat, K. E. Kemper
      Pages 149-165
    7. A. Bhat, K. Ramu, K. E. Kemper
      Pages 167-185
    8. W. Blomquist, A. Tonderski, A. Dinar
      Pages 187-204
    9. W. Blomquist, C. Giansante, A. Bhat, K. E. Kemper
      Pages 207-226
  4. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 227-227
    2. W. Blomquist, A. Dinar, K. E. Kemper
      Pages 229-238
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 239-262

About this book


Drawing upon a worldwide survey of river basin organizations and in-depth studies of eight river basins in a variety of locations around the globe, this book examines how institutional arrangements for managing water resources at the river-basin level have been designed and implemented, what the impetus for these arrangements has been, and what institutional features appear to be associated with greater or lesser success in river basin management.


Decentralisation Institution Institutional Economics Institutional Policy Analysis Natural Resources Management Policy Public Administration Riverbasin Management Water Resources Management economy organization political economy water water resources hydrogeology water policy water quality and water pollution landscape/regional and urban planning

Editors and affiliations

  • Karin E. Kemper
    • 1
  • Ariel Dinar
    • 1
  • William Blomquist
    • 2
  1. 1.The World BankWashington, DCUSA
  2. 2.Department of Political ScienceIndiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)IndianapolisUSA

About the editors

Karin Kemper: Senior Water Resources Management Specialist, South Asia Environment and Social Unit, the World Bank, with research and project experience in Latin America and Asia and a number of publications in institutional economics relating to water resources management.

William Blomquist: Associate Professor of Political Science, Indiana University, Purdue Indianapolis, with research and consulting experience on water resource planning and policy and on institutions of water resource management.

Ariel Dinar: Lead Economist, Agriculture ad Rural Development Department, The World Bank and Professional Lecturer of International Relations - Energy, Environment, Science and Technology, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC, USA.

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From the reviews:

"This 12-chapter book provide an overview, a summary of the comparative analysis of eight case studies, and a summary of determinants of decentralized water management. … The book is edited and in part written by three recognized experts in institutional development and water management. … the book and underlying analytical framework are comprehensive and a must read for those interested in understanding the dynamics of decentralization, increased participation, and role of integration in progressive, modern water management."(Matthew D. Davis, Eos, Vol. 89 (48), November, 2008)