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A Chilean Case Study

Is Water Access a Privilege or a Fundamental Right?

Drawing from two articles in Economic & Political Weekly on water crisis, the privatisation of water in Chile is looked at. It is argued that there is a need for a more institutional and interdisciplinary approach to the water problem. This kind of approach is possible only by looking at the problem through the lens of political, institutional and social aspects of economic analysis.

Two articles on the issue of water appeared in June 2020 in the Economic & Political Weekly: one on inclusive water management (Khandekar et al) and another letter to the editor on right to water (Jamwal 2020). Both articles have dealt with the water crisis differently. The first one is philosophical and based on important theoretical premises and the second, letter to the editor, is more policy-oriented. In the first article, the authors have argued for an interdisciplinary approach to “create truly democratic water systems” by engaging with the critical theories of social sciences.

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Updated On : 15th Jan, 2021

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