Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Political Science

First Committee Member

Dennis L. Soden

Number of Pages



Today it is clear that the issue of water and its unavoidable scarcity in many areas has secured a permanent place on the public policy agenda. Certainly in Las Vegas, Nevada the rapid population growth, great economic development and extreme arid climate make the region vulnerable to the dangers of a water shortage. While some estimates suggest that Las Vegas will use all of its water by 1997, Las Vegas appears to be unprepared to deal with the challenge of water scarcity. This lack of real planning and conservation has led to the Las Vegas Valley Water District's "water grab", which is essentially an attempt by Las Vegas to secure water from Central and Eastern Nevada; This study is twofold in nature, relying on both a case study and survey research. The political culture of Nevada as it applies to the politics of water is explored. Additionally, the impact of factors such as socioeconomic/background characteristics, value orientations, and residency factors, which may affect support for particular water policies, is examined.


Attempts; Culture; Las Vegas; Nevada; Political; Politics; Quench; Thirsts; Vegas; Water

Controlled Subject

Political science; City planning

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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