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dc.contributor.authorKohl, Ellen Anna
dc.description.abstractThroughout Georgia’s 100-year drought, politicians had to balanced decreased water supply, due to lack of rain, with increased demand, due to dramatic population growth, to meet the water needs of their communities. In Georgia, water is managed on multiple scales. The scalar interactions between state, regional and local governments challenged local governments, as they attempted to comply with multiple guidelines and meet the needs of their community. Stakeholders recognized the multi-scalar management of water during times of drought. This impacted their construction of drought and it also influenced the way they interacted with governmental officials as they attempted to change water management during drought. Through a case of study of one stakeholder group in Athens, GA, I address how the members of the green industry recognized the interactions between state, regional, and local governments in the development and implementation of drought management policies, and how this influenced how they worked within the scalar political framework to protect the interests of their industry. I further examine how individuals’ construction of drought influences their understanding of who had the power to manage water during times of drought.
dc.subjectPolitics of Scale, Political Ecology, Drought Management
dc.titleWorking the waters
dc.title.alternativethe political ecologies of scale and Georgia's "100-year" drought, 2007-2008
dc.description.advisorNikolas Heynen
dc.description.committeeNikolas Heynen
dc.description.committeeHilda Kurtz
dc.description.committeeAndrew Herod

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