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

dc.contributor.authorWilder, Margaret
dc.coverage.countryMexicoen_US
dc.coverage.regionCentral America & Caribbeanen_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-08-23T14:44:20Z
dc.date.available2010-08-23T14:44:20Z
dc.date.issued2010en_US
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.identifier.citationjournalEcology and Societyen_US
dc.identifier.citationmonthJuneen_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber2en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume15en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10535/6135
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.subjectejidosen_US
dc.subjectgovernance and politicsen_US
dc.subjectirrigationen_US
dc.subjectriver basinsen_US
dc.subjectwater management--policyen_US
dc.subject.sectorWater Resource & Irrigationen_US
dc.titleWater Governance in Mexico: Political and Economic Aperatures and a Shifting State-Citizen Relationshipen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.type.methodologyCase Studyen_US
dc.type.publishedpublisheden_US
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