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Overview and Trends in the International Water Market

Water Resource Development and Management

  1. Randy T. Piper

Published Online: 15 APR 2005

DOI: 10.1002/047147844X.wr93

Water Encyclopedia

Water Encyclopedia

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Piper, R. T. 2005. Overview and Trends in the International Water Market. Water Encyclopedia. 2:568–570.

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  1. Dillon, Montana

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 APR 2005


The term “water market” is a slippery concept. Like water, the term water market is free flowing and can take a variety of forms, depending on the cultural environment and who invokes the term. In “The Importance of Getting Names Right: The Myth of Markets for Water,” Joseph Dellapenna argues for greater precision when using the language of water markets. Consequently, when we speak of water markets, we need to identify specifically the rules that governments employ and the roles that governments play in defining, divesting, and defending water markets. In most geographic settings, water markets do not exist without some formal role for government administration.


  • decentralization;
  • hydrosolidarity;
  • institutions;
  • markets;
  • privatization;
  • Stockholm Water Symposium;
  • technology;
  • World Bank