Water Politics and Development Cooperation: Local Power Plays and Global Governance



With 2015 looming and the eight millennium development goals—ranging from reducing poverty to creating a global partnership on environmental issues—adopted by world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly meeting in 2000 looking more and more like an unachievable dream, I reached for this book in the hope that there would be clear messages on water politics and development cooperation. I was disappointed. Although the book has clear messages, they are embedded in the different chapters; the editors have not clearly distilled the messages or put them in context and in relation to each other. Having said that, each chapter in the five parts of the book is well structured and provides a clear analysis of the issues studied and of some key messages.