The Political Economy of the Human Right to Water
AbstractThis paper concerns the role played by mainstream economics in the unequal assertion of people's right to clean water. First of all there is a conflict between satisfying wants and asserting rights. Second there is also a contradiction between aiming at maximizing social utility and ensuring rights. Finally, the market being considered the default regulation institution, the human right to water is hindered because markets are both inefficient in reaching universal coverage and unaccountable.
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Volume (Year): 42 (2010)
Issue (Month): 2 (June)
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human rights; right to water; economic theory; markets; democracy;
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- Branco, Manuel Couret & Henriques, Pedro Damiao de Sousa, 2008. "The Political Economy Of The Human Right To Water," 46th Congress, July 20-23, 2008, Rio Branco, Acre, Brasil 108631, Sociedade Brasileira de Economia, Administracao e Sociologia Rural (SOBER).
- Manuel Couret Branco & Pedro Damiao Henriques, 2008. "The Political Economy Of The Human Right To Water," CEFAGE-UE Working Papers 2008_03, University of Evora, CEFAGE-UE (Portugal).
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- B40 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology - - - General
- I30 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General
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- Manuel Couret Branco & Pedro Damião Henriques, 2009. "Human Rights as a Tool for Sustainable Development," CEFAGE-UE Working Papers 2009_11, University of Evora, CEFAGE-UE (Portugal).
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