Reflections on Water

From American and Comparative Environmental Policy

Reflections on Water

New Approaches to Transboundary Conflicts and Cooperation

Edited by Joachim Blatter and Helen Ingram





The fluidity of transboundary waters perfectly represents contemporary challenges to modern governance. This book offers conceptual and empirical support for the idea that the human relationship with water must move beyond rationalist definitions of water as product, property, and commodity. Depending on context, water may be a security issue, a gift of nature, a product of imagination, or an integral part of the natural or cultural ecology. The contributors represent a range of disciplines, including anthropology, law, environmental analysis, political science, and social ecology. Included are case studies of the Imperial and Mexicali valleys on the U.S.-Mexico border, parks and rivers in Zimbabwe, salmon in the Pacific Northwest, the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, Lake Constance in Central Europe, the Black Sea, and the Inguri River between Azerbaijan and Georgia.

ContributorsJoachim Blatter, Joseph F. DiMento, Pamela M. Doughman, Paula Garb, María Rosa García-Acevedo, David McDermott Hughes, Helen Ingram, Suzanne Lorton Levesque, Richard Perry, Kathleen M. Sulllivan, John M. Whiteley


$80.00 X ISBN: 9780262024877 374 pp. | 6 in x 9 in


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Joachim Blatter

Helen Ingram

Helen Ingram is Research Fellow at the Southwest Center, University of Arizona, and Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author or editor of many books, including Reflections on Water: New Approaches to Transboundary Conflicts and Cooperation (MIT Press, 2001).


  • Get [this] book, and enhance your thinking.

    Aaron T. Wolf

    Natural Resources Forum


  • The editors of and contributors to Reflections on Water provide an important service by illuminating the ways in which network analysis, discourse analysis, ethnography, and social ecology can help us to understand governance in an increasingly 'glocalized' world. The book is distinctive not only in that it addresses the decentralization of environmental policymaking in a novel manner but also in that it takes on a single issue and multiple related methods of analysis.

    Juliann Allison

    Department of Political Science, University of California

  • This book should inspire a good deal of debate. The significance of this work is that it directs scholarly attention to the importance of understanding and searching for practices that operate outside the conventional mechanisms for settling transboundary water disputes.

    Stephen P. Mumme

    Professor of Political Science, Colorado State University