Water policy and theoretical models: Political, bureaucratic and class dynamics in a growth economy

Kelly Michelle De Vine, University of Nevada, Las Vegas


Water Policy and Theoretical Models: Political, Bureaucratic and Class Dynamics in a Growth Economy explores the three major socio-political theories of the state and public policy: pluralism, elite/managerialism and class-dialecticism using a case study of a series of policy decisions and outcomes during the period from 1989 to 1995 related to the Las Vegas Valley Water District which serves Las Vegas, Nevada. This time period is important due to the unprecedented levels of population growth experienced in the Las Vegas Valley and due to the extreme scarcity of water resources. This case study explores the issues of popular politics, bureaucratic and elite organization and class imperatives as played out in the development of public water policy by the Las Vegas Valley Water District.