Next Article in Journal
Monitoring Groundwater Storage Depletion Using Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) Data in Bakhtegan Catchment, Iran
Next Article in Special Issue
Re-Theorizing Politics in Water Governance
Previous Article in Journal
Development of Threshold Levels and a Climate-Sensitivity Model of the Hydrological Regime of the High-Altitude Catchment of the Western Himalayas, Pakistan
Previous Article in Special Issue
Unmapped Water Access: Locating the Role of Religion in Access to Municipal Water Supply in Ahmedabad
Article Menu

Export Article

Open AccessArticle

‘Social Control’ and the Politics of Public Participation in Water Remunicipalization, Cochabamba, Bolivia

The City Institute; York University, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3, Canada
Water 2019, 11(7), 1455; https://doi.org/10.3390/w11071455
Received: 8 January 2019 / Revised: 5 May 2019 / Accepted: 9 July 2019 / Published: 14 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Water Governance: Retheorizing Politics)
  |  
PDF [261 KB, uploaded 14 July 2019]

Abstract

During the Water War in 2000, residents of Cochabamba, Bolivia, famously mobilized against water privatization and gained back public control of the city’s water utility. Nearly two decades later, the water movement’s vision of democratic water provision under the participatory management of ‘social control’ remains largely unfulfilled. This paper points to the difficulties in rebuilding a strong public water service in Cochabamba, focusing on the different—and often incompatible—understandings and interpretations of public participation. Addressing the concept’s malleability to a spectrum of ideologies, this paper builds a typology of different kinds of participation according to their intentionality, outcomes, tools, and practices. Applying this framework to the water politics in Bolivia serves to untangle competing perspectives of participation, uncover whose interests are served, and which groups are included or excluded from access to water and decision-making. This analysis reveals how transformative participation has failed to take hold within the municipal service provider in Cochabamba. View Full-Text
Keywords: social control; participation; water governance; remunicipalization; Cochabamba; Bolivia social control; participation; water governance; remunicipalization; Cochabamba; Bolivia
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).
SciFeed

Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Razavi, N.S. ‘Social Control’ and the Politics of Public Participation in Water Remunicipalization, Cochabamba, Bolivia. Water 2019, 11, 1455.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Water EISSN 2073-4441 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top