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The Scale of Informality: Community-Run Water Systems in Peri-Urban Cochabamba, Bolivia

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dc.contributor.author Marston, Andrea J.
dc.date.accessioned 2014-03-05T21:29:03Z
dc.date.available 2014-03-05T21:29:03Z
dc.date.issued 2014 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/9276
dc.description.abstract "The production of the urban waterscape is an ongoing process. In this paper, I examine the strategies used by members of 'water committees' in peri-urban Cochabamba, Bolivia in their attempts to ensure the long-term integration of their community-run water systems into municipal water plans. My analysis underscores two points. First, the water committees and their advocates have engaged a range of scalar strategies in an effort to transform their water systems from informal to quasi-formal (and therefore more temporally stable) structures. Second, I contend that the literature on politics of scale can potentially enrich theories of urban informality. Interpreting the political strategies of informal collectives through a scalar lens highlights the fact that 'inter-institutional' alliances are usually also -- and importantly -- multi-scalar. The literature on politics of scale, moreover, offers an important reminder about the role of history in urban waterscapes. Scales of governance are not politically neutral, and scalar interventions can engage historical legacies that are not necessarily compatible with contemporary aspirations." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject scale en_US
dc.subject informal economy en_US
dc.subject urban affairs en_US
dc.subject water management en_US
dc.title The Scale of Informality: Community-Run Water Systems in Peri-Urban Cochabamba, Bolivia en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region South America en_US
dc.coverage.country Peru en_US
dc.subject.sector Water Resource & Irrigation en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Water Alternatives en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 7 en_US
dc.identifier.citationpages 72-88 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 1 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth February en_US

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