Liquid Relations: Contested Water Rights and Legal Complexity

Liquid Relations: Contested Water Rights and Legal Complexity

Liquid Relations: Contested Water Rights and Legal Complexity

Liquid Relations: Contested Water Rights and Legal Complexity

Synopsis

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.
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