Liquid Relations: Contested Water Rights and Legal Complexity


Water management plays an increasingly critical role in national and international policy agendas. Growing scarcity, overuse, and pollution, combined with burgeoning demand, have made socio-political and economic conflicts almost unavoidable. Proposals to address water shortages are usually based on two key assumptions: (1) water is a commodity that can be bought and sold and (2) "states," or other centralized entities, should control access to water.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Rutgerd Boelens
  • Margreet Zwarteveen
  • Dik Roth
  • Pranita Bhushan Udas
  • David H. Getches
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New Brunswick, NJ
Publication year:
  • 2005


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