Governing shared groundwater: the controversy over private regulation

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This paper examines, mainly at the theoretical level, current academic debates around private environmental governance, private regulation and its role (or not) in management choices over shared groundwater resources. The conclusions reached are based on a literature review and a theoretical analysis to give possible points for discussion and potential research questions.

Keywords: benefit sharing; global public goods; groundwater; private environmental governance; transboundary; water governance

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Alcoa Research Fellow, Grantham Research Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science (UK), Houghton Street, London WC2 2AE, Email:

Publication date: March 1, 2009

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