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Global water governance : conceptual design of global institutional arrangements

Verkerk, M.P. (2007) Global water governance : conceptual design of global institutional arrangements.

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Abstract:This study builds upon the explorative study of Hoekstra (2006), who puts forward an argument for coordination at the global level in ‘water governance’ (the way people deal with water issues). One of the factors that give water governance a global dimension is ‘virtual water trade’ (the virtual trade of water resources by means of water-containing products). Virtual water trade involves advantages as well as disadvantages. The development of institutional arrangements to account for these disadvantages has not kept pace with the globalization of trade in general and virtual water trade in particular. Global institutional arrangements can improve the ecological sustainability, economic efficiency and social equity of water governance. Institutional arrangements aim to influence change agents in the virtual water chain (the production chain of water-containing products). Behavioural mechanisms bring about behavioural change of other agents in the virtual water chain.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Civil Engineering and Management MSc (60026)
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