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Argues that analysis and policy action require a holistic conceptualisation of the interface between water (or any natural resource), technology and social context. Also highlights the extent of institutional distortion that donor policies can cause in recipient socities.
'A visionary masterpiece, challenging the fundamentalism of technocratic reductionists in conventional water resource management... Reader-friendly, comprehensive and balanced, Water in Nepal holds our attention with its forceful arguments... Recognizing the social embeddedness of water resource technology, the book searches for a cogent, farsighted and holistic attitude in the development of water resources' - Down to Earth 'This is a book that needs to be read very widely... It is characterized by a determined departure from established ways of thinking and a distinction of writing... [The author is] suspicious of gigantism; bureaucrat-politician-consultant-contractor nexuses; the present engineering-driven uni-disciplinarity of approach to water planning; donor-driven "development"; and prefers smaller, people-centred, community-managed answers to felt local needs' - EPW (Economic and Political Weekly) 'This excellent book has important ramifications for our thinking about foreign aid and underlines the importance of democracy for well-informed public policy while showing that free elections by themselves are not enough to produce such policy. Only vigorous debate in which all stakeholders, and their alternative views, are represented, can achieve this' - Marco Verweij, Max Planck Project Group on Common Goods 'A fine volume. I know of no comparable work on a national scale' - James L. Wescoat Jr., Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Illinois
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