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Against the current: transboundary water management in small states on two continents


  • Harlan Koff
  • Carmen Maganda


In general, studies on regional integration and transboundary water management (TWM) focus on the relationships between large states. Instead, this paper analyses TWM in relation to two cross-border cases involving small states: Germany-Luxembourg and Mexico-Belize. Small states are significant due to their presumed adherence to regional governance and vulnerability to external shocks, especially those of climate change and environmental threats. Specifically, the article asks: How well do small states implement regional water governance models, especially in cross-border contexts? It concludes that the interpersonal bargaining and consensus-building that characterizes small state governance limits effective TWM.

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  • Harlan Koff & Carmen Maganda, 2015. "Against the current: transboundary water management in small states on two continents," Water International, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 40(2), pages 231-250, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:rwinxx:v:40:y:2015:i:2:p:231-250
    DOI: 10.1080/02508060.2015.1015332

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