The Dilemma of Autonomy: Decentralization and Water Politics at the Subnational Level

The Dilemma of Autonomy: Decentralization and Water Politics at the Subnational Level

Source: Water International, 2017

Author(s): Scott M. Moore

Topics: Cooperation, Dispute Resolution/Mediation, Governance, Renewable Resources

Added: 03/04/2017

 

This article develops a framework for understanding the role of subnational states in water politics in decentralized federal systems. First, that role has increased worldwide as a result of decentralization. Second, the quest for autonomy sometimes leads subnational officials to prefer weak forms of cooperation. Third, the interaction of subnational states, central governments and non-governmental actors largely explains interjurisdictional conflict and cooperation in shared river basins. This framework is applied to the case of the Colorado River basin to help explain a long-term shift towards more cooperative relationships between the riparian states.

 

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