Water Security, Justice and the Politics of Water Rights in Peru and Bolivia - Environment, Politics and Social Change (Paperback)
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Water Security, Justice and the Politics of Water Rights in Peru and Bolivia - Environment, Politics and Social Change (Paperback)

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The author scrutinizes the claim of policy-makers and experts that legal recognition of local water rights would reduce water conflict and increase water security and equality for peasant and indigenous water users. She analyzes two distinct 'top-down' and 'bottom-up' formalization policies in Peru and Bolivia - neoliberal the former, indigenist-socialist the latter. The policies have intended and unintended consequences and impact on marginalized peasants and the complex inter-legal systems for providing water security on the ground. This study seeks to debunk the official myth of the need to create state-centric, top-down legal security in complex, pluralistic water realities. The engagement between formal and alternative 'water securities' and controversial notions of 'rightness' is interwoven and contested; a complex setting is unveiled that forbids one-size-fits-all solutions. Peru's and Bolivia's case studies demonstrate how formalization policies, while aiming to enhance inclusion, in practice actually reinforce exclusion of the marginalized. Water rights formalization is certainly no panacea.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781349580446
Number of pages: 226
Dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
Edition: 1st ed. 2016


MEDIA REVIEWS
"This book, without exaggeration, importantly contributes to understanding the formulation and workings of policies in a key field of development intervention in the Andean Region, and thereby makes a strong contribution to the field of 'the politics of policy' in natural resource management studies. Miriam Seemann gives a profound, refreshing and very creative response to the currently widespread 'rights formalization policies' that, despite their intentions of helping the poor, often have a dramatic impact on the lives and livelihoods of precisely these groups." - Rutgerd Boelens, Professor of the Political Ecology of Water in Latin America, CEDLA, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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