Water Politics: Governance, Justice and the Right to Water

1st Edition

Farhana Sultana, Alex Loftus

Routledge
September 30, 2019 Forthcoming
Textbook - 240 Pages - 2 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138320031 - CAT# K391693
Series: Earthscan Water Text

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Summary

Scholarship on the right to water has proliferated in interesting and unexpected ways in recent years. This book broadens existing discussions on the right to water in order to shed critical light on the pathways, pitfalls, prospects, and constraints that exist in achieving global goals, as well as advancing debates around water governance and water justice.

The book shows how both discourses and struggles around the right to water have opened new perspectives and possibilities in water governance, fostering new collective and moral claims for water justice, while effecting changes in laws and policies around the world. In light of the 2010 UN ratification on the human right to water and sanitation, shifts have taken place in policy, legal frameworks, local implementation, as well as in national dialogues. Chapters in the book illustrate the novel ways in which the right to water has been taken up in locations drawn globally, highlighting the material politics that are enabled and negotiated through this framework in order to address ongoing water insecurities. This book reflects the urgent need to take stock of debates in light of new concerns around post-neoliberal political developments, the challenges of the Anthropocene and climate change, the transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as the mobilizations around the right to water in the global North.

This textbook is essential reading for students of water governance, environmental policy, politics, geography, and law. It will be of great interest to policymakers and practitioners working in water governance and the human right to water and sanitation.

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