In Pursuit of Democratic and Prudent Water Governance in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin Restricted; Files Only

Elizabeth Pierce (Fall 2017)

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Abstract

 For nearly thirty years, the states of Alabama, Florida, and Georgia have disputed how the waters of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) river basin should be allocated. This dissertation evaluates whether one approach to resolving this conflict deserves further attention and political support. That approach—which reflects the institutional design prescriptions of Adaptive Governance (AG)—involves the creation of a transboundary river basin commission capable of adaptive management. This dissertation utilizes two procedural goals as evaluative standards of this approach: environmental prudence and democratic legitimacy. This dissertation assesses whether building a river basin commission that reflects AG design prescriptions could, on principle, enhance the environmental prudence and democratic legitimacy of ACF water allocation policies. To the degree that this approach meets those criteria, it deserves further political support in the ACF basin.

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Table of Contents

 

Chapter 1……………………………………………………………………………….1

Justification of Research Question, 1

Conflicts Attending Interstate Water Allocation Policymaking, 20

Legal Mechanisms for Developing Interstate Water Allocation Policies, 36

Chapter 2………………………………………………………………………………..47

Introduction, 47

Prudence and Environmental Prudence, 48

Resilience Theory, 59

Adaptive Management and Environmental Prudence, 68

Adaptive Governance, 82

Adaptive Governance and Environmental Prudence, 88

 

Chapter 3………………………………………………………………………………..89

Introduction, 89

Political Legitimacy and Democratic Legitimacy, 91

Liberal Political Philosophy, 96

Communitarian Political Philosophy, 122

Conclusion, 142

 

Chapter 4………………………………………………………………………………151

Introduction, 151

Discourse Ethics, 153

Deliberative Democracy, 167

The Appropriateness of Deliberative Democracy as an Evaluative Standard of AG, 187

Conclusion, 191

 

Chapter 5………………………………………………………………………………192

Introduction, 192

Evaluating the Democratic Legitimacy of Adaptive Governance, 193

New Questions and Next Steps, 213

 

Bibliography…………………………………………………………………………..217

 

 

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Figure 2-1………………………………………………………………………………..60

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