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Neoliberalism and Water: Complicating the Story of ‘Reforms’ in Maharashtra
Priya Sangameswaran
Price : ₹ 995.00  
ISBN : 978-81-250-5491-7
Language : English
Pages : 340
Binding : Hardback
Book Size : 140 x 216 mm
Year : 2014
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About the Book

  • Neoliberalism and Water tells us the story of the reforms in the water sector in Maharashtra in the first decade of the twenty-first century.
  • It looks at it through the prism of neoliberalism, which works in combination with other processes, and by the specific nature of water as a resource.
  • The introductory discussion of different approaches to understanding neoliberalism provides the base for the ensuing discussion of water reforms.
  • It discusses changes in urban and rural drinking water, and irrigation, and concepts like piped water, 24x7 water, water entitlements, commodity, and entrepreneurship.
  • It raises the questions—What kinds of visions of development of the urban and the rural do current water reforms draw upon? How is decentralisation mediated by ideas like self-sufficiency, depoliticisation, and expertise? What kind of work goes into constructing markets and determining prices? Who are the new kinds of ‘private’ actors who have emerged in the arena of water? How are mindsets and modes of working changing even among ‘public’ institutions?
Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations

1. Introduction: Reforms in the Water Sector and Discourses of Water and Development
2. The Village Community and the Entrepreneurial City: Piped Water, 24 * 7 Water, and Visions of Development
3. Mediated Decentralisation: Discourses of Self-sufficiency, Depoliticisation, and Expertise
4. Commercialisation, Commodification, and Pricing
5. Water and the Public-Private Debate
6. Neoliberalism and the Re-forming of the Water Sector


Contributors (Author(s), Editor(s), Translator(s), Illustrator(s) etc.)

Priya Sangameswaran is Assistant Professor in Development Studies at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta.