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Re-Theorizing Politics in Water Governance

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The Peter A. Allard School of Law, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1, Canada
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Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4, Canada
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Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality & Social Justice, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4, Canada
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Water 2019, 11(7), 1470; https://doi.org/10.3390/w11071470
Received: 22 June 2019 / Accepted: 26 June 2019 / Published: 16 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Water Governance: Retheorizing Politics)
This Special Issue on water governance features a series of articles that highlight recent and emerging concepts, approaches, and case studies to re-center and re-theorize “the political” in relation to decision-making, use, and management—collectively, the governance of water. Key themes that emerged from the contributions include the politics of water infrastructure and insecurity; participatory politics and multi-scalar governance dynamics; politics related to emergent technologies of water (bottled or packaged water, and water desalination); and Indigenous water governance. Further reflected is a focus on diverse ontologies, epistemologies, meanings and values of water, related contestations concerning its use, and water’s importance for livelihoods, identity, and place-making. Taken together, the articles in this Special Issue challenge the ways that water governance remains too often depoliticized and evacuated of political content or meaning. By re-centering the political, and by developing analytics that enable and support this endeavor, the contributions throughout highlight the varied, contested, and important ways that water governance needs to be recalibrated and enlivened with keen attention to politics—broadly understood. View Full-Text
Keywords: water governance; political ecology; Indigenous water governance; water rights; water insecurity; water justice; politics water governance; political ecology; Indigenous water governance; water rights; water insecurity; water justice; politics
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Wilson, N.J.; Harris, L.M.; Nelson, J.; Shah, S.H. Re-Theorizing Politics in Water Governance. Water 2019, 11, 1470.

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