Water commons

A critical appreciation and revisionist view

Authored by: Eduardo Araral , Maitreyee Mukherjee , Faye Victoria Sit Ying Qi , Serik Orazgaliyev

Routledge Handbook of the Study of the Commons

Print publication date:  January  2019
Online publication date:  January  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138060906
eBook ISBN: 9781315162782
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In this chapter, we address three questions. First, why and how has the commons analytic approach evolved in the study of water commons? Second, how might its application or results be different from other types of commons, due to the distinctiveness of water as a common pool resource (CPR)? Finally, what analytical frameworks, if any, lend themselves best to the study of the water commons and why? We conclude with the way forward.

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