Spaces of water Governance: The case of Israel and its neighbors

Eran Feitelson*, Itay Fischhendler

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This article examines the scale dynamics of water governance. Five generic scales are identified, each associated with a particular ideology and discourse. Hence, scale dynamics are hypothesized to oscillate as a function not only of power and economic factors (although these are central) but as reflections of shifts in dominant ideologies and shifts in sanctioned discourses. The dynamics are examined in the intra-Israeli and the Israeli-Arab cases. In the intra-Israeli case the scale dynamics largely conform with the hypothesis. Once the national level is exceeded, however, the different story lines associated with the generic scales are used only to legitimize negotiating positions, and the actual regime scale is a compromise among physical features, power factors, and sovereignty considerations. The difference in dynamics between the intranational and international levels is explained by the need of international regimes to address the discrepancy between resource domains and sovereignty rights domains, rather than the discrepancy with property rights domains at the intrastate level.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)728-745
Number of pages18
JournalAnnals of the Association of American Geographers
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2009


  • Israel-Arab
  • Scale
  • Transboundary
  • Water


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