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Godsend, Sleight of Hand, or Just Muddling Through: Joint Water and Forest Management in India

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Lele, Sharachchandra
Date: 2000
Agency: Overseas Development Institute, London
Series: Natural Resource Perspectives, no.53
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/4349
Sector: Water Resource & Irrigation
Region: Middle East & South Asia
Subject(s): resource management
participatory management
forest management
water resources
Abstract: "Policies promoting the 'joint management' (i.e. between the state and resource users) of resources such as forests or water are currently in vogue in India and elsewhere. Many see advantage in the decentralised administration that these arrangements imply. However, they also imply a redistribution of power and so are profoundly political, and their success, if real, cannot be fully explained in terms of a rent-seeking, all-powerful, bureaucratic state. This paper lays out the more complex politics underpinning joint management, assessing interaction between the political and administrative wings of government and the influence of semi-autonomous actors such as donors, NGOs and academics, and identifies the potential for and route towards more, if gradual, decentralisation in the future."

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