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Environment, Politics and Social Change

Water Security, Justice and the Politics of Water Rights in Peru and Bolivia

Authors: Seemann, Miriam

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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.

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Miriam Seemann is an associate researcher at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Germany. She received her PhD from the University of Hamburg and holds an MA in Intercultural Conflict Management from the Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences, Berlin. Her current research focuses on natural resource management, social struggles and peace and conflict studies. She is a member of the Justicia Hídrica / Water Justice Alliance.

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"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

"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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Table of contents (10 chapters)

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  • Due: October 31, 2019
  • ISBN 978-1-349-58044-6
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Water Security, Justice and the Politics of Water Rights in Peru and Bolivia
Authors
Series Title
Environment, Politics and Social Change
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-54523-7
DOI
10.1057/9781137545237
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-54522-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-58044-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 226
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