Professor Bauer is the author of "Against the Current: Privatization, Water Markets, and the State in Chile" (1998) and "Siren Song: Chilean Water law as a Model for International Reform" (2004)
During 1963-1978 the governments and the top universities of Chile and California undertook three major programs of bilateral cooperation. The programs built on a long historical and economic relationship between the two regions, marked by their striking similarities in physical geography and natural resources. The first program was for development assistance to Chile, in the framework of the Alliance for Progress. It involved the three governments of Chile, California, and the United States and was funded equally by Chile and U.S., with California acting as a subcontractor. Water resources were a primary emphasis; program personnel identified the site for Chile’s first large dual-purpose reservoir on the Maule River (Colbún), which was eventually built in the 1980s. Political factors in the U.S. ended the program in 1967. The second program was for graduate-level educational exchange and involved the two leading public university systems, the University of Chile and the University of California. This program was funded for more than a decade by the Ford Foundation. Agriculture and natural sciences were the dominant areas, including water science and engineering. The third program was a separate effort to reform Chilean legal education, led by Stanford Law School and also funded by the Ford Foundation. This Chile Law Program was a leading international example of the 1st wave of “law and development” in the 1960s, which overlapped closely with the creation of the Law and Society Association in terms of both people and theoretical perspectives. Both the university and law school programs engaged with Chile’s momentous Agrarian Reform Law and new Water Code, passed in 1967 and implemented by two national governments, the first one reformist and the second one more revolutionary. Both university and law school programs ended after the Chilean military seized power in 1973. I review the historical experiences of these three programs for the light they throw on the relations between law, society, and geography, both out there in the world and also in terms of academic and professional disciplines. The paper aims to contribute an original and historical approach to the overlapping fields of geography and law.
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