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Water, Place, and Equity$
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John M. Whiteley, Helen Ingram, and Richard Warren Perry

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262232715

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262232715.001.0001

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The Global Water Crisis, Privatization, and the Bolivian Water War

The Global Water Crisis, Privatization, and the Bolivian Water War

(p.195) 7 The Global Water Crisis, Privatization, and the Bolivian Water War
Water, Place, and Equity

Madeline Baer

The MIT Press

This chapter discusses the controversial water privatization policy in Cochabamba, Bolivia, which passed after massive protests, and uses this case as an example to forward the notion that inequitable water management policy is a cause for social unrest and political instability. It then analyses the policy by making use of the policy design for the democratic approach developed by Schneider and Ingram. Delving into the content, design, policy goals, and implementation, the chapter explores the effects as well as the pros and cons of water privatization. It takes note of how La Coordinadora’s social movement was based more on territorial concerns, and how the cancelation of the Aguas del Tunari contract reverted the water system back to the local community. In conclusion, despite the criticism, La Coordinadora succeeded in gaining momentum in voicing out their concerns on issues of water rights.

Keywords:   water privatization policy, Cochabamba, inequitable water management, Schneider and Ingram, water privatization, La Coordinadora, Aguas del Tunari, water rights

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