Managing Irrigation: Analyzing and Improving the Performance of Bureaucracies

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Irrigation continues to be a vital component of human existence. The study of irrigation bureaucracy, however, is a new field for study. Defining and shaping this area of inquiry, Managing Irrigation offers analytical and prescriptive conclusions to improve the performance of bureaucracies responsible for irrigation management in developing countries. Uphoff and his colleagues envision irrigation as both a socio-technical and organizational-managerial enterprise; that considering cultural and organizational ...
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Irrigation continues to be a vital component of human existence. The study of irrigation bureaucracy, however, is a new field for study. Defining and shaping this area of inquiry, Managing Irrigation offers analytical and prescriptive conclusions to improve the performance of bureaucracies responsible for irrigation management in developing countries. Uphoff and his colleagues envision irrigation as both a socio-technical and organizational-managerial enterprise; that considering cultural and organizational factors are as important as technological ones. Managing Irrigation develops a typology of irrigation systems and looks at differences in structures; considers objectives of irrigation management; and suggests alternatives, principles, and past experience to make irrigation agencies more effective. As such, policymakers, administrators, students, and scholars in development studies, Third World studies, political science, and sociology will find this volume most useful.
"This book makes no claims to be definitive or complete: It emphasizes pragmatic approaches to problems which will be shaped by the physical, political and social characteristics of each specific irrigation scheme. This modest and sympathetic approach seems likely to reach and to influence its intended audience, and the authors are to be warmly congratulated."
--Journal of Peasant Studies
"It emphasizes pragmatic approaches to problems which will be shaped by the physical, political, and social characteristics of each specific irrigation scheme. This modest and sympathetic approach seems likely to reach and to influence its intended audience, and the authors are to be warmly congratulated."
--Journal of Peasant Studies
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'This book may be of considerable interest to irrigation engineers, agriculturists, administrators and politicians in the Third World countries.' - Journal of Indian Water Resources Society

'To the immense credit of the authors, they manage to bring, for purposes of study, irrigation management within the framework and scope of current management principles.' - Business Standard

'All in all, the book ranks as essential reading for policy-makers, administrators and students of irrigation management. Lucidly written in a flawless manner, the text is highly referenced and enriched with a comprehensive bibliography....This book should stimulate considerable research activities and rethinking among those in charge of irrigation projects....SAGE publications has reason to feel proud to have brought out a book of this calibre, in the all-important area of irrigation.' - Management and Labour Studies

'This book makes no claims to be definitive or complete. It emphasises pragmatic approaches to problems which will be shaped by the physical, political and social characteristics of each specific irrigation scheme. This modest and sympathetic approach seems likely to reach and to influence its intended audience, and the authors are to be warmly congratulated.' - Journal of Peasant Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803996663
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 5/1/1991
  • Pages: 264

Table of Contents

Introduction
Assessing Peformance of Irrigation Bureaucracies
PART ONE: FACTORS AFFECTING IRRIGATION PERFORMANCE
Variations in Irrigation Management Structures
Activities and Objectives of Irrigation Management
How Context Affects Objectives and Performance
Organizational Variables
PART TWO: STRATEGIES FOR IMPROVING BUREAUCRATIC PERFORMANCE
Improvements in Management Structure and Style
Approaches to Agency Reorientation
Frameworks of Performance Variables
Concluding Observations
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