The Cooperation Challenge of Economics and the Protection of Water Supplies: A Case Study of the New York City Watershed Collaboration, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Cooperation Challenge of Economics and the Protection of Water Supplies

A Case Study of the New York City Watershed Collaboration, 1st Edition

By Joan Hoffman


320 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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How can we build the institutions that will promote the cooperation needed to meet our intertwined environmental and economic needs? Efforts to meet these twin goals in New York City’s watershed collaborations offer some guidance. The experience provides lessons in addressing scattered sources of pollution, encouraging environmentally compatible economic development, and coping with conflicts that are part of the collaboration process. It also yields insights into what we need to work effectively towards sustainable economic development.

This book identifies many barriers to achieving the cooperation necessary to solving our water problems and discusses how watershed collaborations are a means to overcoming those barriers. Historical experience and lessons from other watershed collaborations informed the design of New York City’s complex watershed collaboration which is shown to contain the elements of a "green milieu" that can foster sustainable economic development. The particular challenges to the collaboration’s environmental and economic goals created by the watershed’s rural economy, farming and forestry are described.

The unusual inclusion of the analysis of the economic aspects and effects of collaboration, of the relationship between collaboration and sustainable development, and of the processes of implementation and conflict make this book especially valuable to those interested in collaboration, regulation, environmental cooperation and conflict, watershed protection, economic development in general, and sustainable economic development in particular.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Problem and the Questions 1. New York City’s Case, Needed Cooperation, and Collaboration Needs 2. The Vision 3. Watershed Collaborations: Green Milieus for Sustainable Development? 4. Rural Economies and the Drama of Farm and Forest 5. Implementation: The Collaboration as a Learning Machine 6. Conflict 7. Evaluation 8. Lessons Learned: The Art of Paying for Ecological Services

About the Author

Joan Hoffman is a Professor of economics and Chair of the Department of Economics at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Explorations in Environmental Economics

Routledge Explorations in Environmental Economics was established in 2001 and has since provided a key port of call for leading research in the field. As well as the core discipline of environmental economics, the remit of the series extends to natural resources, ecological economics, environmental studies and environmental science, with issues explored including energy, permit trading, valuation, taxation and climate change. The series is edited by Nick Hanley of the University of St Andrews.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy