Towards Integration? Looking for a Best-Fit Governance Model

  • Christian BréthautEmail author
  • Géraldine Pflieger
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Water Governance: Policy and Practice book series (PSWG)


Building on our analysis of the governance system, this chapter provides an assessment of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats related to current transboundary governance of the Rhône. On the basis of this diagnosis, we then develop a set of scenarios for possible adaptation of current institutional architectures, illustrating the diversity of possible solutions for conceptualizing transboundary river governance systems.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UNESCO Chair on hydropoliticsInstitute for Environmental Sciences, University of GenevaGenevaSwitzerland
  2. 2.UNESCO Chair on hydropoliticsInstitute for Environmental Sciences, University of GenevaGenevaSwitzerland

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