The study of property rights in water resources has been rather narrowly focussed on the instrumental aspect of the right as a tool for achieving allocative efficiency. A richer view of the historical, ideological justifications for private property and the contradictions of these justifications leads to insights in explanation of diverse resource-use systems. We examine several justifications important to property rights in groundwater in Texas and New Mexico, and consider the implications of these justifications (and their contradictions) for production and reproduction of resource-use regimes. © 1992.
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 1992|