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Water Governance in India: Evidence on Water Law, Policy, and Administration from Eight Indian States

Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117570, Singapore
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Water 2019, 11(10), 2071; https://doi.org/10.3390/w11102071
Received: 20 July 2019 / Revised: 22 September 2019 / Accepted: 28 September 2019 / Published: 4 October 2019
(This article belongs to the Collection Water Policy Collection)
Water governance is a widely acknowledged as an important factor for sustainable development. This study attempts to assess if the water governance in eight Indian states has improved after the announcement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We utilize the Institutional Decomposition and Analysis (IDA) framework developed by Saleth and Dinar. Using survey data from two periods and 152 respondents, we calculate the scores on 17 indicators of water law, policy, and administration. We found that average scores on water law, policy, and administration have increased between the first and the second survey. We attributed this improvement to the fact that the Indian government is paying special attention to the provision of clean drinking water after the announcement of the SDGs. We also calculated nominal and weighted water governance indices (WGIs) for eight Indian states. This study made an important contribution to the existing water governance literature by capturing improvements in the water governance scores of eight Indian states after the announcement of the SDGs. View Full-Text
Keywords: water governance; water law; water policy; water administration; sustainable development goals; water governance index; Indian states water governance; water law; water policy; water administration; sustainable development goals; water governance index; Indian states
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Ahmed, M.; Araral, E. Water Governance in India: Evidence on Water Law, Policy, and Administration from Eight Indian States. Water 2019, 11, 2071.

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