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Removing Ropes: Attaching Strings? Drinking Water and Institutional Arrangements

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dc.contributor.author Agrawal, Arun en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T15:16:30Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T15:16:30Z
dc.date.issued 1993 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008-06-03 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008-06-03 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/4388
dc.description.abstract "This paper, using a case study, examines the institutional dimensions of drinking water provision in Rajasthan. I investigate the thesis that the government treats the provision of drinking water as a technical problem and consequently concocts primarily technical solutions. However, technical solutions while vital, must fail in the absence of attention to institutional arrangements. In the study I detail, lack of attention to appropriate institutions diminished the quality of water provision and increased inefficiency. At the same time, the manner in which government provided water helped those in the village more who owned more assets and who belonged to the upper castes. "I examine government programs with reference to the incentives and opportunities that they present to their clients. Thus much more significantly, I trace inadequacies in government programs to breakdowns in the ability of villagers to solve collective action problems. The explanation I provide, therefore, is relevant to other arguments that suggest development is a top-down process in which villagers have little power to influence what happens; or, programs in the nature of technical 'fixes' are bound to fail; or, government projects invariably favor the rich. At the same time, it goes beyond such arguments." en_US
dc.subject water resources en_US
dc.subject scarcity en_US
dc.subject institutions en_US
dc.subject village organization en_US
dc.title Removing Ropes: Attaching Strings? Drinking Water and Institutional Arrangements en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US
dc.coverage.region Middle East & South Asia en_US
dc.coverage.country India en_US
dc.subject.sector Water Resource & Irrigation en_US

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