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Practical Authority: Agency and Institutional Change in Brazilian Water Politics

Rebecca Neaera Abers and Margaret E. Keck


Institutions don’t come into being by themselves. They have to be organized. On the basis of research from a decade-long, multi-site study of efforts to transform freshwater management in Brazil, Practical Authority asks how new institutional arrangements become operational in practice. New configurations of authority in a policy area very often have to be produced relationally, on the ground, in practice. New organizations have to acquire problem-solving capabilities and recognition from others, what the authors call “practical authority.” This book thus looks at what actors in complex policy ... More

Keywords: Practical authority, practices, entanglement, complexity, water management, Brazil, institutional change, action

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199985265
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199985265.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rebecca Neaera Abers, author
Institute of Political Science, University of Brasmlia

Margaret E. Keck, author
Johns Hopkins University