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Article: Designing institutions for irrigation management: Comparing irrigation agencies in Nepal and Taiwan

TitleDesigning institutions for irrigation management: Comparing irrigation agencies in Nepal and Taiwan
Authors
KeywordsIrrigation works
Nepal
Taiwan
Issue Date2006
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.emeraldinsight.com/info/journals/pm/pm.jsp
Citation
Property Management, 2006, v. 24 n. 2, p. 162-178 How to Cite?
AbstractPurpose - Effective irrigation management hinges upon effective collective action among farmers and irrigation managers. The purpose of this study is to examine how the institutional design of irrigation agency affects the incentives and ability of irrigation managers to do a conscientious job and to relate to farmers in managing irrigation, and hence affects irrigation performance. Design/methodology/approach - This study compares the Department of Irrigation (DOI) in Nepal and the Irrigation Associations (IAs) in Taiwan. Based upon extensive fieldwork undertaken in the two countries, this study identifies the opportunities and constraints embedded in the institutional designs of the agencies, and analyzes their effects on the behavior of irrigation managers. Findings - The two irrigation agencies are designed upon very different conceptions of how the provision and production of irrigation can be organized. The DOI is built upon the premises of top-down control, a reliance on technical knowledge, professional management, and uniform rules and regulations. The IAs, on the other hand, are designed upon the premises of reciprocity among irrigation managers, complementarity between the agency and farmers' efforts, the importance of mobilizing local knowledge and resources, the embeddedness of the agency in local communities, and a problem-solving orientation. Research implications/limitations - Irrigation institutions that enable farmers and irrigation managers to cope with the problematics involved in the provision and production of irrigation operation and maintenance (O&M) are better able to nurture and sustain synergistic and productive working relationships. Practical implications - The findings of this study can inform policy reform in the irrigation sector in specific, and in resource management and development administration in general. Originality/value - This study provides not only a theoretical perspective for understanding and comparing institutions, but also empirical evidence for understanding how institutions affect irrigation performance. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/81449
ISSN
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.331
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dc.date.issued2006en_HK
dc.identifier.citationProperty Management, 2006, v. 24 n. 2, p. 162-178en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0263-7472en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/81449-
dc.description.abstractPurpose - Effective irrigation management hinges upon effective collective action among farmers and irrigation managers. The purpose of this study is to examine how the institutional design of irrigation agency affects the incentives and ability of irrigation managers to do a conscientious job and to relate to farmers in managing irrigation, and hence affects irrigation performance. Design/methodology/approach - This study compares the Department of Irrigation (DOI) in Nepal and the Irrigation Associations (IAs) in Taiwan. Based upon extensive fieldwork undertaken in the two countries, this study identifies the opportunities and constraints embedded in the institutional designs of the agencies, and analyzes their effects on the behavior of irrigation managers. Findings - The two irrigation agencies are designed upon very different conceptions of how the provision and production of irrigation can be organized. The DOI is built upon the premises of top-down control, a reliance on technical knowledge, professional management, and uniform rules and regulations. The IAs, on the other hand, are designed upon the premises of reciprocity among irrigation managers, complementarity between the agency and farmers' efforts, the importance of mobilizing local knowledge and resources, the embeddedness of the agency in local communities, and a problem-solving orientation. Research implications/limitations - Irrigation institutions that enable farmers and irrigation managers to cope with the problematics involved in the provision and production of irrigation operation and maintenance (O&M) are better able to nurture and sustain synergistic and productive working relationships. Practical implications - The findings of this study can inform policy reform in the irrigation sector in specific, and in resource management and development administration in general. Originality/value - This study provides not only a theoretical perspective for understanding and comparing institutions, but also empirical evidence for understanding how institutions affect irrigation performance. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.emeraldinsight.com/info/journals/pm/pm.jspen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofProperty Managementen_HK
dc.subjectIrrigation worksen_HK
dc.subjectNepalen_HK
dc.subjectTaiwanen_HK
dc.titleDesigning institutions for irrigation management: Comparing irrigation agencies in Nepal and Taiwanen_HK
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