Resistance and reform: Transboundary water governance in the Colorado river delta

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Bilateral governance of transboundary water resources between the United States and Mexico is in flux today. Historically, the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC), the joint commission by which the two countries jointly manage shared rivers, has dominated decision making and policy in the border region by defining problems and framing knowledge. However, over the past two decades, a transnational network has been emerging to restore the Colorado River Delta. In this paper, we explore how a transnational network has been operating collaboratively to shift transboundary water governance in the Colorado River Delta region toward greater participatory, science-based governance. We explore the IBWC in this context of governance change to reveal the adoption of institutional and policy reforms, along with some resistance to this change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)100-123
Number of pages24
JournalReview of Policy Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Civil society
  • Disaster and risk management
  • Environment
  • Governance
  • International governance
  • Regional governance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Public Administration
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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