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Dealing with Change: Integrating power scholarship into environmental governance

Linda Esteli Mendez Barrientos

Current governance theory has not adequately addressed how power asymmetries and inequality affect decision-making processes and the distribution of its outcomes. This talk presents a transdisciplinary effort to bridge diverse power scholarship traditions into an integrated framework for policy analysis. A case study on collaborative environmental governance is analyzed, illustrating the framework’s applicability. Using the implementation of groundwater governance reform in California, the talk presents empirical data collected through 250 hours of participant observation and 30 semi-structured in-depth interviews with groundwater reform participants. The presentation discusses the challenges of multi-stakeholder cooperation in defining inclusive and representative arrangements, as well as the effectiveness of policy processes in developing sustainable and equitable groundwater management institutions in California.

Speaker: Linda Memdez Barrientos

Wednesday, 03/04/20


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UC Berkeley
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