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Water Law, Poverty, and DevelopmentWater Sector Reforms in India$
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Philippe Cullet

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199546237

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546237.001.0001

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From Water Sector Reforms to Law and Policy Reforms

From Water Sector Reforms to Law and Policy Reforms

(p.63) 3 From Water Sector Reforms to Law and Policy Reforms
Water Law, Poverty, and Development

Philippe Cullet

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyzes the policy context within which water law reforms are introduced. It examines the basic principles that underlie existing water sector reforms, in particular the concept of integrated water resources management, the focus on water conservation, water as a basic need, water as an economic good, decentralization and participation, and governance and institutional changes. It considers the policy framework that has steered water sector reforms over the past two decades. It focuses in particular on the international policy framework and the role of development banks in fostering the adoption of these principles at the national level. It then analyzes water policies adopted at the national and state level, and discusses the shift towards an emphasis on water law reforms as one of the key elements contributing to the overall process of reform in the water sector.

Keywords:   integrated water resources management, economic good, basic needs, individual rights to water, privatization, institutional reforms, international financial institutions, Dublin Principles

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