The limits of markets: the politics of water management in rural Australia

Bell, Stephen and Quiggin, John (2008) The limits of markets: the politics of water management in rural Australia. Environmental Politics, 17 5: 712-729. doi:10.1080/09644010802421448

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Author Bell, Stephen
Quiggin, John
Title The limits of markets: the politics of water management in rural Australia
Journal name Environmental Politics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0964-4016
Publication date 2008-11-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/09644010802421448
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 17
Issue 5
Start page 712
End page 729
Total pages 18
Place of publication London, England
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject C1
9609 Land and Water Management
160507 Environment Policy
160601 Australian Government and Politics
140205 Environment and Resource Economics
Abstract The intensity of conflict over water and water management has been increasing. Focusing on the recent federalist compact, the National Water Initiative (NWI), the use of market and property rights instruments in water governance in Australia are explored. Does the use of such instruments imply a reduced role for the state, as new instruments displace previous top down or regulatory modes of governance? The view that the new market-based system of governance can be self-managing is challenged. It is argued instead that the market requires substantial metagovernance, which challenges approaches to governance that assume a reduced role for the state.
Keyword Property-rights
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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