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Public-private transgressions in water-related public policies and their impact on hydrosocial spaces, territories, and basins. Lessons from Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico (in Portuguese, and Spanish)

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Esteban CastroORCiD



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The issue focuses on the interrelations between private businesses and publicauthorities in processes that disregard the rule of law, violate human rights, and favourthe development and consolidation of monopolistic forms of control over water sourcesby private bussinesses, processes that have negative impacts on the living conditionsof large populations in rural and urban areas and cause environmental unsustainability.It features four articles presenting experiences from Argentina, Brasil, and Mexico.Article 1, by Lourdes Romero Navarrete, presents a critical analysis of governmentpolicies that, over the course of several decades have allowed the extreme monopolisationof water abstraction rights in the hands of a few bussiness families that control the diaryindustry in La Laguna Region, across the States of Cohahuila and Durango in semi-aridNorthern Mexico.The author argues that this decades long-process of monopolisationof water rights in a semi-arid region has taken place under the government of differentpolitical parties and would have even worsened since 2018, despite the election thatyear of a more progressive political party to the Federal Government.In Article 2, Antonio Rodriguez Sanchez discusses the interrelations betweengovernment authorities and a large multinational brewery industry that, through asofisticated network of public-private interactions has established a monopolisticcontrol of water sources in the semi-arid central region of the State of Zacatecas, Mexico.Article 3, coautored by Natalia Dias Tadeu, Ana Claudia Sanches Baptista, EstelaMacedo Alves and Izabela Penha de Oliveira Santos, examines how governmentpolicies led to the privatization of essential water and sanitation services in the Stateof Sao Paulo, Brazil between 2013 and 2020, helping to transform power relations atthe State and municipal levels and promoting private control over the provision of theseessential services.In Article 4, Robin Larsimont addresses the public-private interactions and coresponsibilitiesunderlying the development of highly sophisticated wine production inthe Andean piedmonts of the Province of Mendoza, Argentina.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Castro JE

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: WATERLAT-GOBACIT Working Papers

Year: 2022

Volume: 9

Issue: 2

Pages: 1-104

Online publication date: 30/06/2022

Acceptance date: 29/03/2022

Date deposited: 26/06/2023

ISSN (print): 2056-4856

ISSN (electronic): 2056-4864

Publisher: WATERLAT-GOBACIT Network


DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.7968066

Notes: This in an edited issue with 4 articles by co-athors


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