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Odious Debts: Loose Lending, Corruption and the Third World's Environmental Legacy

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dc.contributor.author Adams, Patricia
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-29T17:42:23Z
dc.date.available 2012-06-29T17:42:23Z
dc.date.issued 1991 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10535/8061
dc.description.abstract "Patricia Adams opens her seminal work on odious debts, 'Odious Debts: Loose Lending, Corruption, and the Third Worlds Environmental Legacy,' by describing the traditional muang faai water management system along Thailands watersheds. Muang faai--which survives in much of Thailand--amounts to a system of common property rights in which rights and responsibilities have been finely tuned over the centuries to maintain equity, protect the environment, and promote prosperity. Though hardly idyllic, frequently conflict-ridden, and constantly adapting through trial and error and discussion, the political and legal system that emerged worked well to protect those who lived along the river, and the river itself. From such an accountable environment came a degree of security that allowed all who were governed by it to produce amply and diversely for their families, enriching their communities in the process. The muang faai system began to break down in the 1980s when central authorities took charge of the rivers, armed with new laws and foreign money, to build dams along the mainstems of the rivers. By analogy, Ms. Adams examines the centralization of control over the nations other resources that turned sustainable into unsustainable commons and created what became known as odious debts." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.publisher Earthscan en_US
dc.subject debt--developing countries en_US
dc.subject law--developing countries en_US
dc.subject economic development en_US
dc.subject watersheds en_US
dc.title Odious Debts: Loose Lending, Corruption and the Third World's Environmental Legacy en_US
dc.type Book en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Commentory en_US
dc.coverage.region Middle East & South Asia en_US
dc.coverage.country Thailand en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.subject.sector Water Resource & Irrigation en_US
dc.identifier.citationpubloc Toronto en_US


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