THE LEGAL-INSTITUTIONAL ANALYSIS MODEL AND WATER POLICYMAKING IN A BI-NATIONAL SETTING1

Authors

  • Frederic Cady,

    1. Respectively, Doctoral Student, Department of Government, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712; and Director and Professor, Public Policy Research Center, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas 79968–0703 (E-Mail/Soden: desoden@utep.edu).
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  • Dennis L. Soden

    1. Respectively, Doctoral Student, Department of Government, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712; and Director and Professor, Public Policy Research Center, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas 79968–0703 (E-Mail/Soden: desoden@utep.edu).
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    Paper No. 99099 of the Journal of the American Water Resources Association.Discussions are open until October 1, 2001.

Abstract

ABSTRACT: This paper reports the use of a water negotiation model, the Legal-Institutional Analysis Model (LIAM), in the bi-national setting of the U.S. and Mexico in the Paso del Norte region. The following study discusses the results of developing baseline data where interstate, international, and cultural factors, as well as a long history of conflict, impact on negotiations and the extent to which the LIAM is a valuable tool for analyzing behavior among institutional actors in such a setting. The findings suggest that most water policy actors in the region prefer brokered solutions as defined within the LIAM framework.

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