Title

Water resources, institutions, & intrastate conflict

Publication Date

11-1-2010

Journal

Political Geography

Volume

29

Issue

8

First Page

444

Last Page

453

Department

Environmental Studies

Abstract

Although linkages between water scarcity and conflict have received a great deal of attention, both in qualitative case studies as well as quantitative studies, the relationship remains unclear since the literature has generally not considered the effectiveness of governance. We distinguish between direct effects and indirect effects linking water resource scarcity and conflict by systematically examining how intervening factors, such as political institutions, might influence the impact of water scarcity on the probability of conflict. We find support for our hypotheses postulating both direct and indirect relationships between water scarcity, governance, and conflict.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polgeo.2010.10.005

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