There is a lot of water around Portland. Sharing water resources among different entities and users poses formidable governance challenges. The course deals with governing fresh and sea waters, and also places Oregonian water issues in a broader comparative context. Using the Klamath river as a current water governance issue, course participants collaboratively explore this Oregonian case in a research seminar setting, including some field work. On a theoretical level, this course examines governing with and without the involvement of government.
This course is listed at the 400-level for a reason. This will be a collaborative research seminar to jointly explore water politics around the Klamath river basin. Each research paper will contribute to a collaborative effort to analyze water governance in this transboundary river system shared by Oregon, California, and native American nations.
Much of our research will be of primary nature including field work and interviews. Please expect to spend two weekends on group trips for research in the Klamath basin.
This could be a great way to get accustomed to research techniques that can be helpful in writing theses, but please do not try to tackle a thesis on a different subject AND research for this course simultaneously – this may be overwhelming, unless the course research directly ties in with your thesis.
Combining this course with Tamara Venit’s Hist 371 Environmental History of the American West and Noel Netusil’s Econ 352 Natural Resource Economics could provide you with three different disciplinary perspectives on a highly interesting issue area. A great way to pursue this in depth – especially if you consider it a potential thesis topic.
Books to purchase
Conca, Ken. 2006. Governing water: contentious transnational politics and global institution building. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.
Doremus, Holly D., and A. Dan Tarlock. 2008. Anatomy of a water war in the Klamath basin: macho law, combat biology, and dirty politics. Washington DC: Island Press.
Ostrom, Elinor. 1990. Governing the Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Van Evera, Stephen. 1997. Guide to Methods for Students of Political Science. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Starting Bibliography for Individual Research
Finger, Matthias, Ludivine Tamiotti, and Jeremy Allouche, eds. 2006. The multi-governance of water: four case studies, SUNY series in global politics. Albany: State University of New York Press (available through Summit).
Harden, Blaine. 1996. A river lost: the life and death of the Columbia. New York: W.W. Norton.
Lang, William L., and Robert C. Carriker, eds. 1999. Great river of the West: essays on the Columbia River. Seattle: University of Washington Press.
Most, Stephen. 2006. River of renewal: myth and history in the Klamath Basin. Portland: Oregon Historical Society Press in association with University of Washington Press Seattle & London.
Ostrom, Elinor. 1992. Crafting institutions for self-governing irrigation systems. San Francisco, Calif.; Lanham, Md.: ICS Press (Available through Summit)
Pierre, Jon, ed. 2000. Debating Governance: Authority, Steering, and Democracy. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press.
Thomas, Craig W. 2003. Bureaucratic landscapes: interagency cooperation and the preservation of biodiversity. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press (available through Summit).
Wohl, Ellen E. 2004. Disconnected rivers: linking rivers to landscapes. New Haven: Yale University Press.
Worster, Donald. 1985. Rivers of Empire: Water, Aridity, and the Growth of the American West. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Semester Outline

Introduction to the course and its requirements (9/2).
Reading: Peace on the Klamath, High Country News, 23 June 2008 (on Moodle)