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Water Policy Reform in China’s Fragmented Hydraulic State: Focus on Self-Funded/Managed Irrigation and Drainage Districts

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Nickum, James
Journal: Water Alternatives
Volume: 3
Page(s): 537-551
Date: 2010
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/6695
Sector: Water Resource & Irrigation
Region: East Asia
Subject(s): regimes
water management--policy
Abstract: "This essay explores the nature of China’s unique decentralised 'authoritarian' regime and its various origins; the continuous dialectic between state-directed and market-directed approaches to the economy (including water); the economic and budgetary drivers of water policy change; whether the concept of integrated water resources management (IWRM) is overly 'loaded' with liberal ideas or even if not, whether it provides any insights beyond concepts more widely accepted in China; whether the state-society dichotomy makes sense in China’s guanxi (personal relations) culture; and the course of the World Bank-sponsored Self-funded/managed Irrigation and Drainage District (SIDD) reforms."

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