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Providing Global Public GoodsManaging Globalization$
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Inge Kaul

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195157406

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195157400.001.0001

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Problems of Publicness and Access Rights: Perspectives from the Water Domain

Problems of Publicness and Access Rights: Perspectives from the Water Domain

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(p.556) Problems of Publicness and Access Rights: Perspectives from the Water Domain
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Providing Global Public Goods
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Lyla Mehta

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195157400.003.0023

Evaluates the concept of global public goods in terms of its usefulness for guiding debates on people's access to freshwater resources, and argues that more attention needs to be paid to two issues—first, the divergence of perception of the nature of the good and of how it should be accessed and delivered; second, the disparity of power of different actors in determining its distribution. These issues involve questions of realpolitik, which are inconsistent with the definition of water as a public good. The essential question is whether water is a contested or a common resource, global or local.

Keywords:   global public goods, water resources

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