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Governance of Water
Institutional Alternatives and Political Economy

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South Asia Studies

February 2008 | 400 pages | SAGE India
Water related issues impinge on human well being in a variety of ways and preservation of water sources is essential for the development of a healthy society. The ground reality, however, is very different and there exists competition among and between different water users and use sectors that results in conflict. Improving governance of water is a paramount need for society, but existing reform efforts and policy initiatives have made little headway.

This book makes an effort to initiate the discourse of governance of water in the Indian context from a variety of angles, such as neo-classical and institutional economics, deliberative democracy, public administration, collective action and political economy perspectives.

Reform in water governance not only includes a re-orientation of policy priorities and approaches, but also the restructuring of the institutional framework away from the state and village dichotomy. New 'intermediate' institutions are required to allow a negotiated approach to water resource governance, multi-stakeholder participation, and integrated water resource management at various levels: the village, state, and nation as a whole.
 
Preface and Acknowledgements
 
PART ONE: GOVERNANCE: CONCEPTS, ISSUES, AND CHALLENGES
Ballabh
Governance of Water
Issues and Challenges

 
Iyer
Water Governance, Politics, Policy
Jairath
Mis-governance of Droughts in India
Kulkani, Joy & Paranjape
Gender Issues in Water Governance
Review of Challenges and Emerging Strategies

 
 
PART TWO: PRICING, SUBSIDIES AND GOVERNANCE OF SURFACE WATER
Raju & Gulati
Pricing, Subsidies and Instituional Reforms in Indian Irrigation
Some Emerging Trends

 
Thomas & Ballabh
Recovery of Irrigation User Cess and Governance of Canal Systems
Parthasarathy
Irrigation Water Pricing
Analysis of Competing Sources

 
Shah
Resources, Rules and Technology
Ethnography of Building a Water Users' Association

 
Narain
Crafting Institutions for Collective Action in Canal Irrigation
Can We Break the Deadlocks?

 
Padhiari & Ballabh
Inter-state Water Disputes and the Governance Challenges
 
PART THREE: GROUNDWATER GOVERNANCE
Ballabh et. al
Groundwater Governance in Eastern India
Prakash
Political Economy of Groundwater Governance in Gujarat
A Micro-level Analysis

 
Shah
Governing the Groundwater Economy
Comparative Analysis of National Institutions and Policies in South Asia, China and Mexico

 
 
PART FOUR: THE WAY FORWARD
Joy, Suhas & Kulkarni
Multi-stakeholder Participation, Collaborative Policy-making and Water Governance
The Need for a Normative Framework

 
Janakarajan
Multi-stakeholders' Dialogue as an Approach Towards Sustainable Use of Groundwater
Some Experiences in the Palar River Basin, South India

 
Shah
The New Institutions Economics of India's Water Policy
Mollinga
The Water Resources Policy Process in India
Centralisation, Polarisation and New Demands on Governance

 
 
Index

The book offers much food for thought…The book raises pertinent, and at times provocative, questions and is therefore worth a read.

Economic and Political Weekly

The book rightly identifies and discusses issues, challenges and strategies in water governance… this is a must read book for all the people concerned with the development and management of water resources of the country.

Current Science

This is an all-in-one book – a researcher’s guide, a practitioner’s manual, a policy maker’s bible etc….a valuable publication which every policy maker would love to possess.

Journal of Rural Development

Makes a case for reforming water governance in India through restructuring the institutional framework away from the state and village dichotomy.

The Financial Express

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Vishwa Ballabh

Vishwa Ballabh is Professor of Economics and Coordinator for the Centre of Rural Management at the School of Business and Human Resources, Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur. Prior to joining XLRI, he was Reserve Bank of India Chair Professor at the Institute of Rural Management, Anand.Professor Ballabh graduated in Agriculture from Pant Nagar and holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi. He has been a post-doctoral fellow at the International Crop Research Institute for the Semi Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and was a visiting scholar at Indiana University, USA, and a... More About Author

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