A Critical Approach to International Water Management Trends

Policy and Practice

  • Christian Bréthaut
  • Rémi Schweizer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Back Matter
    Pages 295-305

About this book


This edited volume provides a critical discussion of particular trends that are widely recognised to influence water management by comparing them with what is actually happening in the field. Among others, these trends include water security, adaptive or integrative management, and the water-energy-food nexus, which are often presented as essential means to reaching more sustainable and resilient water use. However, the extent to which these trends have managed to structure concrete practices in water management remains uncertain. 

Informed by empirically grounded research, each chapter of this work engages with a particular approach, concept or theory. Together, they provide a nuanced picture of trends in water management that require universal remedies and global norms.


environment management policy pollution research water water management water trends Sustainability Resilience theory Climate change adaptation Water as Commons Water security Water-Energy-Ecosystem Nexus governance

Editors and affiliations

  • Christian Bréthaut
    • 1
  • Rémi Schweizer
    • 2
  1. 1.University of GenevaGenevaSwitzerland
  2. 2.ETH ZürichZürichSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-60086-8
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-60085-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-60086-8
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