• Naim HaieEmail author
Part of the Water Resources Development and Management book series (WRDM)


The definition of ‘theory’ is “a system of ideas intended to explain something, especially one based on general principles independent of the thing to be explained”. This book presents such a theory based on five foundational ideas using independent principles, and a basic law of nature in order to guide water management processes toward sustainability. Furthermore, the thought of developing a ‘theory’ for water use systems emerged when the author was reading the book of the late eminent scholar John Rawls entitled “A theory of Justice”. In this famous book, he advanced a theory based on three fundamental ideas; one of which (the Difference Principle) gave impetus to some of the important developments of this book. Crucially, the emergence of a universal aggregative indicator and an objective distributive approach for water use systems are significant outcomes of the theory, which served as the foundation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of MinhoGuimarãesPortugal

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