Breach of Tradition During Socialism: The Case of Water Syndicates in Bulgaria

dc.contributor.authorTheesfeld, Insaen_US
dc.contributor.authorBoevsky, Ivanen_US
dc.coverage.countryBulgariaen_US
dc.coverage.regionEuropeen_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-07-31T15:09:41Z
dc.date.available2009-07-31T15:09:41Z
dc.date.issued2003en_US
dc.date.submitted2004-06-02en_US
dc.date.submitted2004-06-02en_US
dc.description.abstract"During the post-socialist transition period, the Bulgarian irrigation facilities deteriorated to a large extent and no longer meet the needs of the new landowner and agricultural production structure. The Bulgarian government therefore enacted two new laws to encourage collective action and to establish water user associations in order to achieve sustainable water management. "In this article, we will question the frequent argument that water user associations could easily be established in Bulgaria, because they are rooted in the water syndicates. Empirical findings from village case studies reveal that limited collective memory exists today about former water syndicates' rules-in-use and patterns of action. We will explain this breach of tradition by the migration from villages to cities, the suppression of precommunist so-called capitalist behaviour, and the length of the communist period. Moreover, the analysis of the historical cooperative development in Bulgaria shows that the water syndicates were enforced by a top-down approach and did not have much in common with the classic cooperative principles."en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10535/3853
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.publisher.workingpaperseriesCentral and Eastern European Sustainable Agriculture (CEESA), Humboldt University of Berlin, Department of Agricultural Economics and Social Sciences, Berlin, Germanyen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesCEESA Discussion Paper, no. 17en_US
dc.subjectirrigationen_US
dc.subjectwater users' associationsen_US
dc.subjectcooperatives--case studiesen_US
dc.subjectlegislationen_US
dc.subject.sectorSocial Organizationen_US
dc.subject.sectorWater Resource & Irrigationen_US
dc.submitter.emaillwisen@indiana.eduen_US
dc.titleBreach of Tradition During Socialism: The Case of Water Syndicates in Bulgariaen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.type.methodologyCase Studyen_US
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