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Management of trans-boundary water resources: comparing Russian and American experiences

Upravlenie transgranichnymi vodnymi resursami: sravnitel'nyj analiz rossijskogo i amerikanskogo opyta
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Lanko, Dmitry

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Abstract This article is based on a comparative analysis of Russia and US’s experience of participation in international cooperation in the field of trans-boundary water management. The author showcases the work of Russian-Estonian Commission for Protection and Rational Use of Trans-Boundary Waters and the US-Canadian International Joint Commission. The Russian-Estonian Commission works in accordance with the principle of intergovernmentalism, whereas transnationalism is the founding principle of the International Joint Commission in North America. Though the Russian-Estonian Commission is more efficient in water quality improvement in its area of responsibility, it is early still to claim that intergovernmental cooperation is more effective than transnational cooperation. However, it gives a reason to question the conclusions of the proponents of transnationalism in the international relations theory, who claim that the latter is more efficient. Practical significance of this paper is in the proposed recommendations for further modernization of international cooperation in the field of trans-boundary water management.
Keywords international relations; international agreement; cross-border cooperation; water management; environmental protection; Russia; Estonia; United States of America; Canada; bilateral relations
Classification International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy
Free Keywords transnationalism; intergovernmentalism
Document language English
Publication Year 2013
Page/Pages p. 19-26
Journal Baltic Region (2013) 1
Issue topic Cross-border cooperation
DOI 10.5922/2079-8555-2013-1-2
ISSN 2079-8555
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence Free Digital Peer Publishing Licence