Ambiente & Sociedade
On-line version ISSN 1809-4422
ABERS, Rebecca and JORGE, Karina Dino. Decentralization of water management: what explains the creation of river basin committees?. Ambient. soc. [online]. 2005, vol.8, n.2, pp. 99-124. ISSN 1809-4422. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1414-753X2005000200006.
Most Brazilian state governments have instituted water resources policies that create river basin committees, but the power of these committees is weakened by the lack of institutionalization of the management tools they are supposed to define. Even so, almost 100 committees have been created at the state level. Based on the literature on political decentralization and the analysis of empirical data about committees, this article raises some hypotheses to explain why so many committees have been created.
Keywords : decentralization; river basin management; river basin committees.