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Governing Access to Essential Resources

Katharina Pistor and Olivier De Schutter


Essential resources do more than satisfy people’s needs. They ensure a dignified existence. Since the competition for essential resources, particularly fresh water and arable land, is increasing and standard legal institutions, such as property rights and national border controls, are strangling access to resources for some while delivering prosperity to others, many are searching for ways to ensure their fair distribution. This book argues that the division of essential resources ought to be governed by a combination of Voice and Reflexivity. Voice is the ability of social groups to choose th ... More

Keywords: Essential resources, Voice, Reflexivity, Equity, Water, Land rights, allocation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780231172783
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231172783.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katharina Pistor, editor
Columbia Law School

Olivier De Schutter, editor

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