Adjudicating the waters : The Politics of water in the New American West

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Title:
Adjudicating the waters : The Politics of water in the New American West
Author:
Gerlack, Andrea Kristen
Issue Date:
1997
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
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Abstract:
General stream adjudications are complex judicial and administrative proceedings to determine the extent and priority of water rights within a river system. They are among the largest civil proceedings ever to be litigated in state and federal courts. This institutional analysis is based on an investigation of adjudication proceedings in three western states, Colorado, Wyoming, and Arizona, representing the three common adjudication regimes, the judicial, administrative and hybrid regimes, respectively. Adjudication institutions are evaluated from a number of perspectives, including: (1) performance measures of these institutions and proceedings; (2) the burdens and benefits these proceedings present to water users; (3) the degree of public participation in these proceedings; and (4) responsiveness to changing values. This evaluation reveals that despite the seeming procedural differences across adjudication regimes, political power is the primary determinant of the outcomes of general stream adjudications. This study concludes that western water politics are still based on power and money, even given the changing economic nature of the American West. The tradition of the private exploitation of water remains a characteristic of the West - even the "New American West."
Type:
Dissertation-Reproduction (electronic); text
Keywords:
Hydrology.; Political Science
Degree Name:
Ph. D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Political Science; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona

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dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleAdjudicating the waters : The Politics of water in the New American Westen_US
dc.creatorGerlack, Andrea Kristenen_US
dc.contributor.authorGerlack, Andrea Kristenen_US
dc.date.issued1997en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractGeneral stream adjudications are complex judicial and administrative proceedings to determine the extent and priority of water rights within a river system. They are among the largest civil proceedings ever to be litigated in state and federal courts. This institutional analysis is based on an investigation of adjudication proceedings in three western states, Colorado, Wyoming, and Arizona, representing the three common adjudication regimes, the judicial, administrative and hybrid regimes, respectively. Adjudication institutions are evaluated from a number of perspectives, including: (1) performance measures of these institutions and proceedings; (2) the burdens and benefits these proceedings present to water users; (3) the degree of public participation in these proceedings; and (4) responsiveness to changing values. This evaluation reveals that despite the seeming procedural differences across adjudication regimes, political power is the primary determinant of the outcomes of general stream adjudications. This study concludes that western water politics are still based on power and money, even given the changing economic nature of the American West. The tradition of the private exploitation of water remains a characteristic of the West - even the "New American West."en_US
dc.description.notehydrology collectionen_US
dc.typeDissertation-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.subjectHydrology.en_US
dc.subjectPolitical Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.namePh. D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplinePolitical Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberClark, Jeanne N.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberCortner, Richarden_US
dc.contributor.committeememberCortner, Hannaen_US
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