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Problems of Publicness and Access Rights: Perspectives from the Water Domain

Lyla Mehta

in Providing Global Public Goods

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780195157406
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199832965 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195157400.003.0023
 Problems of Publicness and Access Rights: Perspectives from the Water Domain

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Evaluates the concept of global public goods in terms of its usefulness for guiding debates on people's access to freshwater resources, and argues that more attention needs to be paid to two issues—first, the divergence of perception of the nature of the good and of how it should be accessed and delivered; second, the disparity of power of different actors in determining its distribution. These issues involve questions of realpolitik, which are inconsistent with the definition of water as a public good. The essential question is whether water is a contested or a common resource, global or local.

Keywords: global public goods; water resources

Chapter.  8575 words. 

Subjects: Public Economics

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