Article : L'évolution de la gouvernance de l'eau en France à partir des années 1960 : les contentieux en tant que moteurs majeurs de changements radicaux dans un cadre consensuel

23 février 2018
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Journal Water International, Volume 43, 2018 - Issue 1

This paper provides a synthetic presentation of French water governance and its evolution since the 1960s. Through this French experience, it discusses the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) water governance cycle showing disputes as the main drivers of change. France has been a pioneer in introducing water river basin management some 50 years ago. It is also noted for its water services management by local authorities, leaving a significant role to private and public companies. But French water governance has not been frozen since the 1960s and continues to change radically within a framework based upon its unique history.