Conflict, resistance and alliances in a multi-governance setting: reshaping realities in the Andhra Pradesh irrigation reforms

Bala Raju Nikku, I. van der Molen

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In this article, we will explore how local politics of policy, in the interaction with governance mechanisms, have produced specific polity outcomes in the irrigation sector of Andhra Pradesh. The water sector of Andhra Pradesh, which has been struggling within inefficiency, poor performance, deterioration, and lack of participation as elsewhere in India, has undergone substantial reforms aiming at Participatory Irrigation Management (PIM). Previous research has indicated how reform policy choices were contested and mediated by relevant actors and how this affected the outcome in key areas of irrigation management. This is referred to as the politics of policy. We will look at multi-level governance in a situation where different tiers represent different institutional basis, and argue that the politics of policy at multiple levels of governance can be perceived as a form of support and/or resilience by actors to new governance mechanisms/arrangements
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)861-875
JournalEnergy and environment
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • METIS-254791
  • Water sector reforms
  • Participation
  • Multilevelgovernance
  • Irrigation management
  • IR-80221

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