Institutional Economics of Water: A Cross-Country Analysis of Institutions and Performance

Institutional Economics of Water: A Cross-Country Analysis of Institutions and Performance

by Ariel Dinar, R. Maria Saleth
     
 

ISBN-10: 1843767775

ISBN-13: 9781843767770

Pub. Date: 01/01/2004

Publisher: Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.

The Institutional Economics of Water evaluates water institutional reform and water sector performance from an institutional economics and political economy perspective. Against an exhaustive review of the theoretical and empirical literature on institution and performance both in general and in water sector contexts, the title develops an alternative methodology…  See more details below

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The Institutional Economics of Water evaluates water institutional reform and water sector performance from an institutional economics and political economy perspective. Against an exhaustive review of the theoretical and empirical literature on institution and performance both in general and in water sector contexts, the title develops an alternative methodology built on: 'institutional ecology' principle, 'institutional decomposition and analysis' framework, and 'subjective theory' of institutional change.
Empirical application of this methodology with information collected from 127 water experts from 43 countries/regions and a cross-country review of recent water sector reforms within an institutional transaction cost framework enables the book to conclude with significant implications for both theory and policy in the realm of water sector reform in particular and institutional reforms in general.

'We are both impressed by the book. It will merit prominent publication as a far-reaching application of innovative methodologies to an important, and well explained, worldwide policy problem.'

- Randall Calvert, Washington University, St. Louis, US and Thrainn Eggertsson, University of Iceland

'[The] literature review . . . is one of the best and most comprehensive that I have seen.'

- Daniel W. Bromley, University of Wisconsin, US

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781843767770
Publisher:
Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2004
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

1Water challenge : an institutional diagnosis1
2Understanding institutions : nature, performance, and change23
3Existing literature : approaches, attempts, and limitations46
4Evaluating institutional linkages : toward an alternative70
5Analytical framework and empirical models94
6Empirical context : description and justification124
7Institutional changes in the water sector : a cross-country review154
8Institution-performance linkages : evidence and evaluation187
9Institution-performance linkages : robustness and contextuality216
10Institutional sequencing and packaging264
11Conclusions with implications for theory and policy302
AppMathematical analog for impact-transmission channels359

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