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Irrigation Institutions Typology and Water Governance Through Horizontal Agreements

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Palerm Viqueira, Jacinta
Conference: The Commons in an Age of Global Transition: Challenges, Risks and Opportunities, the Tenth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property
Location: Oaxaca, Mexico
Conf. Date: August 9-13
Date: 2004
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/1771
Sector: Water Resource & Irrigation
Region: Central America & Caribbean
Subject(s): IASC
common pool resources--case studies
irrigation--case studies
self-governance--case studies
water resources
water users' associations
river basins--case studies
organizational design
Abstract: "Research on the existence and capacities of self-governance organizations for the management of irrigation systems has seen important advances in recent years. There are a growing number of case studies, greater systematization of case study analyses and, as a result, a greater capacity to realize comparative analysis and establish typologies. But concepts such as self governance, and bureaucratic and non bureaucratic management are still vague, as well as their implications. Also, research attention has centered on irrigation system institutions, with little attention of interactions between institutions, or with other water user institutions. "In this paper, on the one hand we will review concepts such as self-governance, bureaucratic and non bureaucratic management, as well as doubts on the benefits of bureaucratic management and centralized self- governance illustrated with data from a in depth case study. On the other hand, we will review cases in which irrigation institutions establish horizontal agreements between themselves, without creating a new institution or organizational tier."

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