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Región y sociedad

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ZETINA RODRIGUEZ, María del Carmen; GARCIA PEREYRA, Rutilio  and  RANGEL GUZMAN, Efraín. Water management and the nation's resources: the Federal Board of Material Improvements, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, 1931-1936. Región y sociedad [online]. 2017, vol.29, n.70, pp.103-132. ISSN 1870-3925.  https://doi.org/10.22198/rys.2017.70.a340.

The government constituted the Federal Board of Material Improvements in order to manage and control the economic resources and the construction of public works at México's borders and ports. The general purpose of this research was to analyze how this agency was established and operated in Ciudad Juarez, in the context of the centralization/federalization of the country's water resources, from 1931 to 1936, and, to this end, the historical archives were reviewed. One of the study's limitations was the lack of background information about the management of the water resources in this town. Its contribution broadens the scarce existing knowledge about the boards' functioning at the borders. Among the findings made, it can be mentioned that in the municipality of Juarez the loss of autonomy con cerning water management was accompanied by a material and economic dispossession, in which several government institutions and agencies participated.

Keywords : water resources; nationalization; administrative decentralization; government policy; local government; Ciudad Juarez.

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