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Governance of Water
Institutional Alternatives and Political Economy

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South Asia Studies

June 2018 | 396 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
An oft-quoted, modern adage is that the next major global conflict will be over water. In many areas of the world the present is already marked by an uneasy competition among different water users and use sectors, often leading to conflicts. India particularly stands on the brink of an uncertain future, its ever-growing population putting pressure on its increasingly meagre water resources.

Governance of Water: Institutional Alternatives and Political Economy is a timely, relevant book that makes a case for reforming water governance in India through not only re-orientating policy priorities and approaches, but also restructuring the institutional framework away from the state and village dichotomy. The book has eminent scholars explore the issue from various angles—neo-classical and institutional economics, deliberative democracy, public administration, collective action and political economy perspectives.

Divided into four sections, the 17 thought-provoking chapters in this volume contend that the challenges facing water governance in India cannot be addressed in the current policy framework. The book argues that a possible link between the larger structure of the economy and the transaction costs in water governance, as well as relations with the democratic polity as it actually functions, need to be understood clearly; the research on the transformation of water governance requires in-depth analysis to make the process more transparent, participatory and accountable to the larger society.

The book makes a strong case and will contribute immensely to the study and discussion of water governance in India. It will interest environmental and agricultural economists, ecologists, policy-makers and planners and those in the development sector, as well as the media and the general reader.

 
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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