Call for papers
Local- and national-level politics of groundwater overexploitation
Groundwater overexploitation is a worldwide phenomenon with worrying consequences and few effective solutions. Work on groundwater governance often emphasizes formal state-centered policies and tools but empirically-grounded work is more limited. Another strand of work examines community-based governance and common-pool resources approaches to managing groundwater, but not many convincing cases have been documented in detail. This special issue will seek to gather and synthesize knowledge on the three following main issues:
- The politics of groundwater policy-making: how are state groundwater policies established? What actors, networks, interests and knowledge are mobilized? What do the lack of enforcement and the gap between objectives and results on the ground reveal? How are regulation targets at the aquifer level conceived of, scientifically grounded, negotiated, and to what extent do they aptly consider the various third-party effects of groundwater abstraction. What are the relationships between groundwater policies and other sectoral policies?
- Implementation and local dynamics: how do local actors ignore, circumvent, deflect, appropriate, cope with or adjust to state policies? What does this reveal about state-community relationships and the limits of state power? Who is impacted and how/to whom is water reallocated? What are the implications of observed dynamics for policy-making?
- Groundwater as a common-pool resource: what examples do we have of community-based management, or co-management, of aquifers? What are the conditions and contexts conducive to such arrangements? How effective and reproducible are they? Can state regulations 'enable' local management – both in regulating access to existing groundwater resources or in promoting groundwater recharge? What is the specific role of state actors but also of NGOs or corporate actors?
Priority will be given to empirically grounded case studies.
Launch of the call 1 September 2017
Deadline for submission of abstracts (300-500 words) 15 October 2017
Notification of authors 30 November 2017
Final submission 15 March 2018
Final papers, after review 30 August 2018
Publication 1 October 2018
Contact the Guest Editors
François Molle firstname.lastname@example.org
Elena López-Gunn email@example.com
Frank van Steenbergen firstname.lastname@example.org
Or send your abstract to: email@example.com