Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Politics and International Relations

Reader 1

Nancy Neiman

Reader 2

David Andrews


When the African National Congress was drafting the constitution for the Republic of South Africa, the party included the right to water in the bill of rights to ensure equity to the millions of South Africans. Equity is an insisted principle of management and feature of subsequent water legislation. Unfortunately, the promises of equity never materialized into equitable distribution of water that is inclusive of all people. This thesis explains why the legislation did not result in substantial change by examining how foundational water law creates institutions that protect natural resources over social interests. By employing Elinor Ostrom's principles of long-term common pool resource governance, I examine how foundational legislation builds a common pool resource institution that prevents the poor from accessing water.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.