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The Water Transfer System in Southern Alberta: Scope and Implications for a Future Provincial Water Market

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dc.contributor.author Long, Feinan
dc.date.accessioned 2013-01-17T20:48:31Z
dc.date.available 2013-01-17T20:48:31Z
dc.date.copyright 2013-01
dc.date.created 2013-01-14
dc.date.issued 2013-01-17
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/5333
dc.description.abstract In the past decade the South Saskatchewan River Basin (SSRB), the most water scarce watershed in southern Alberta, has attracted strong criticisms for implementing a water license transfer system. National advocacy organizations have raised the concern that it may set precedent for a larger liberalized water market. This study aims to assess this concern through 21 unstructured in-depth interviews with governmental, non-governmental, and the local irrigation stakeholders. The theories of policy paradigms and Ostrom’s collective action model were used to assess the findings. It was found that a community-based policy paradigm, based on collective action to managing scarce water resources, was historically key in SSRB. Furthermore, the decline in both community-based and state-based paradigms over Alberta’s water policy within the past two decades have allowed the market-based paradigm to become more influential. Hence this study predicts that a liberalized water market will likely develop in the near future in Alberta. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship The Arthur D. Latornell Graduate Research Travel Grants en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title The Water Transfer System in Southern Alberta: Scope and Implications for a Future Provincial Water Market en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Rural Planning and Development en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Science (Planning) en_US
dc.degree.department School of Environmental Design and Rural Development en_US
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