Between 1990 and 2010 changing perceptions of water-scarcity and evolving adaptation strategies to water stress transformed water management in San Diego, California. This project examines how perceptions of water scarcity affect the programmatic variety, geographic scale, and types of adaptations that are undertaken. It also investigates whether a cultural consensus developed within San Diego County as a whole about what causes particular water problems. Lastly, the research shows how adaptation responses to the collective action problem of water provisioning contributed to resolving the other collective action problems of wastewater production and water conservation. The project presents San Diego as an example of polycentric governance arrangements that were adaptive to the challenges of a changing social-ecological system.
|Advisor:||Brondizio, Eduardo S.|
|Commitee:||Fischer, Burnell, Osterdhoudt, Sarah, Tucker, Catherine|
|School Location:||United States -- Indiana|
|Source:||DAI-A 79/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Cultural anthropology, Water Resource Management, Public administration|
|Keywords:||Anthropology, California, Institutional analysis, Polycentricity, Social ecological system, Water management|
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