Practical Authority: Agency and Institutional Change in Brazilian Water Politics could not be a more opportune book for those interested in environmental governance, social movements, natural resources, or environmental history. It is a well-presented and easy-to-read publication that contains the results of research carried out between 1990 and 2011 by two competent political scientists—Rebecca Abers (University of Brasília) and Margaret Keck (Johns Hopkins University)—on the new framework of water governance in Brazil.

Notwithstanding the scale of the institutional reforms and the large number of social actors involved, the national experience is only sparsely considered in the specialized literature. The book by Abers and Keck contributes to filling this uncomfortable lacuna, as it provides a novel explanation for the failures and achievements of water politics in Brazil. The analysis is informed by impressive empirical work that included 144 formal interviews (listed in an...

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