My latest paper just came out: Property and the right to water

This is a co-written piece with Kyle Mitchell, from Strathclyde University and it appears here, in the Review of Radical Political Economics. If you don’t have a subscription, but would like a copy, feel free to email for this or any other papers.

Property and the Right to Water: Toward a Non-Liberal Commons
  1. Jeremy J. Schmidt jeremy.john.schmidt [at] gmail.com

    1. University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada
  2. Kyle R. Mitchell

    1. University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Abstract

This paper examines the turn to considerations of property in arguments regarding the commons and the human right to water. It identifies commitments to liberalism in political economy approaches to property and human rights and develops a matrix for identifying non-liberal conceptions of the commons. The latter holds potential for an agonistic politics in which human rights are compatible with ecological sensibilities regarding the dynamics of conflict and cooperation in complex systems.

JEL classification: P48; Q25

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