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Governing Access to Essential Resources$
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Katharina Pistor and Olivier De Schutter

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231172783

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231172783.001.0001

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Water Governance’s Missing Link

(p.251) Chapter 12 Ecology
Governing Access to Essential Resources

Scott McKenzie

Columbia University Press

McKenzie shows that governance regimes that emphasize human rights, water basin management, or the ecology of water not only lead to different governance solutions but affect the sustainability of this essential resource. He thus confirms Schlager’s insight that failure to account for environmental constraint contributes to the tragedy of exclusion associated with human-made governance regimes. Importantly, he identifies possible solutions for avoiding or prolonging the effects of absolute scarcity, most important among them, strategies for re-using water and politics that make these strategies palatable.

Keywords:   water governance, human rights, tragedy of exclusion, scarcity

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