This paper discusses the process of “accumulation by dispossession” of water resources by the institutions of the transnational state and the role of nationalism in the resulting movement for reappropriation. A comparative analysis of Latin American countries is conducted using data obtained from UN databases and historical accounts. The object of this analysis is to delineate a causal pathway surrounding the dynamics of water sovereignty in the age of global capitalism. I find that privatization is not likely to occur if there is a lack of crisis or there is a socialist executive; however, if privatization does occur, and the appropriating action is taken by a multinational corporation, activated nationalist sentiment may lead to reappropriation of water resources.
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Research Article| March 01 2020
Water Sovereignty in the Age of Global Capitalism: A Cross-National Analysis of Latin American Policies
Sociology of Development (2020) 6 (1): 30–65.
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Matthew Schneider; Water Sovereignty in the Age of Global Capitalism: A Cross-National Analysis of Latin American Policies. Sociology of Development 1 March 2020; 6 (1): 30–65. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/sod.2020.6.1.30
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