Description - Governance of Water by Vishwa Ballabh
An oft-quoted, modern adage is that the next major global conflict will be over water. In many areas of the world the present is already marked by an uneasy competition among different water users and use sectors, often leading to conflicts. India particularly stands on the brink of an uncertain future, its ever-growing population putting pressure on its increasingly meagre water resources.
Governance of Water: Institutional Alternatives and Political Economy is a timely, relevant book that makes a case for reforming water governance in India through not only re-orientating policy priorities and approaches, but also restructuring the institutional framework away from the state and village dichotomy. The book has eminent scholars explore the issue from various angles-neo-classical and institutional economics, deliberative democracy, public administration, collective action and political economy perspectives.
Divided into four sections, the 17 thought-provoking chapters in this volume contend that the challenges facing water governance in India cannot be addressed in the current policy framework. The book argues that a possible link between the larger structure of the economy and the transaction costs in water governance, as well as relations with the democratic polity as it actually functions, need to be understood clearly; the research on the transformation of water governance requires in-depth analysis to make the process more transparent, participatory and accountable to the larger society.
The book makes a strong case and will contribute immensely to the study and discussion of water governance in India. It will interest environmental and agricultural economists, ecologists, policy-makers and planners and those in the development sector, as well as the media and the general reader.
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Author Biography - Vishwa Ballabh
Vishwa Ballabh is Professor of Economics and Coordinator for the Centre of Rural Management at the School of Business and Human Resources, Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur. Prior to joining XLRI, he was Reserve Bank of India Chair Professor at the Institute of Rural Management, Anand. Professor Ballabh graduated in Agriculture from Pant Nagar and holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi. He has been a post-doctoral fellow at the International Crop Research Institute for the Semi Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and was a visiting scholar at Indiana University, USA, and a visiting scientist at the International Rice Research Institute, Philippines. He has over 20 years of teaching and research experience. His research interests include institutions and natural resource management and agricultural development. He is a member of several national and international professional societies in agricultural and natural resource economics. He was vice president of the Indian Society of Agricultural Economics in 1996-97. He has participated in several national and international conferences and has been consultant to several national and international development organisations such as the Ford Foundation, Royal Netherlands Embassy, UNICEF and International Water Management Institute. He has published widely and edited/co-edited books: Farm Forestry in South Asia, Co-operative Management of Natural Resources and Institutional Alternatives and Governance of Agriculture. He is presently co-editing a book (with Jasveen Jairath) -Droughts and Integrated Water Resources Management in South Asia: Issues, Alternatives and Futures. He has also co-authored a monograph titled Organising for Rural Development.