Water, Governance, and Crime Issues
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The first part of the volume examines criminological and policy perspectives, including an overview of regulatory approaches, privatization of water resources, and the scope of the criminal problem in this area. The second part presents informative case studies from a variety of different regional and social contexts. Finally, the editors present an outlook in policy and enforcement improvements.
This work will be of interest to researchers in criminology, criminal justice, public policy, and comparative law, as well as those studying environmental regulations and sustainability.
Water, Governance and Crime Issues is a much needed addition to the growing original contributions of green criminology. This volume captures the complex landscape of water crimes, including the numerous disparities and inequalities of there being too much water in some places and too little in others amongst the many complexities. The edited collection also covers conceptual issues (i.e. water as a human right) as well as practical hurdles (i.e. the challenges in keeping statistics on offences) and real world examples. Many of the chapters are likely to introduce readers to new issues and the interplay with a myriad of traditional problems - corruption, organised crime, privatisation, and terrorism. I agree with the editors and authors that water crime issues deserve further scientific study and this provides a solid starting point.
-Dr. Tanya Wyatt, University of Northumbria
Population growth and urbanization, more frequent droughts due to climate change, the privatization of and unequal access to water resources and increasing water pollution are just some of the contemporary and future challenges relating to water crimes. Water, Governance and Crime Issues speaks to the scientific relevance of water for (green) criminology as well as the policy implications of water crimes. Several of the cases in this edited book refer to countries and regions we do not usually hear about and yet are perfect illustrations of the challenges faced in governing and studying water crimes.
-Dr. Lieselot Bisschop, Erasmus School of Law
Introduction.- Part 1: Water Crimes from a Criminological and Policy Perspective.- Water Crimes as part of Environmental Criminology.- Water Protection: Constitutional and Administrative Law Perspectives.- Privatization of Water and the Rule of Law.- Building the Water Crimes Industry.- Water Crimes as a Global Issue.- Part 2: Water Crimes in Practice: Case Studies.-Water Crimes in Italy.- Water Crimes in Spain.- Water Crimes in Slovenia.- Water Pollution from Gold Mines: Acid Mine Drainage in South Africa.- Turning Water into Money: Pirates, Plunder and Privatization of Freshwater.- Dysfunctional Water Treatment Plants in the Garment Industry.- Waste Management and Sewage in South Africa.- Organized Crime Activities and Water.- Conclusion.