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Water Governance in Mexico: Political and Economic Aperatures and a Shifting State-Citizen Relationship

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dc.contributor.author Wilder, Margaret
dc.date.accessioned 2010-08-23T14:44:20Z
dc.date.available 2010-08-23T14:44:20Z
dc.date.issued 2010 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/6135
dc.description.abstract "Since the adoption of dramatic national water policy reforms in 1992, Mexico’s water governance paradigm has had time to mature. This article analyzes Mexico’s experience with water policy transition, based on research in irrigation districts and river basin councils in the northwestern state of Sonora. I examine the trajectory of the water policy transition using the policy sciences framework set forth in the introductory article. The article argues that the transition to a 'new culture of water' focused on the three principles of efficiency, decentralization, and sustainability has only minimally fulfilled its goal of establishing a new state-citizen relationship around water policy. Multiple and conflicting agendas are represented in the water policy, and a coherent governance strategy that is sustained over time and place has not been achieved. In particular, legal modifications to the national water law that emphasize integrated watershed planning and local participation were approved in 2004 but have never been formally implemented. Political fragmentation and changing of parties in power has contributed to the challenge of working towards a more democratic, participatory water policy over the last two decades. The article concludes with a critique of the policy sciences approach in the context of the Mexican case and that of other 'developing' countries." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject ejidos en_US
dc.subject governance and politics en_US
dc.subject irrigation en_US
dc.subject river basins en_US
dc.subject water management--policy en_US
dc.title Water Governance in Mexico: Political and Economic Aperatures and a Shifting State-Citizen Relationship en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region Central America & Caribbean en_US
dc.coverage.country Mexico en_US
dc.subject.sector Water Resource & Irrigation en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Ecology and Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 15 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 2 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth June en_US

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