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From the Publisher'[A] sobering account of water depletion in the Indian subcontinent.'
'An important and...provocative book. Shah...exhibits in this book the rare skill of being able to write for both politicians and practitioners while maintaining the scientific rigor of the groundwater scientist that he is.'
'The contributions Taming the Anarchy makes to irrigation governance globally are far-reaching. It should be a vital resource for academics, water policy planners, NGO activists, environmentalists, and concerned citizens.'
'[A] remarkable book. It provides a well-researched history and political analysis of the groundwater governance problem.'
Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research
'This book is likely to have a significant impact, both on decisionmaking and future research in the region. The book is the best assessment and analysis of irrigated agriculture in South Asia that exists...South Asia can be seen as a proving ground for the groundwater boom and bust cycles that will inevitably play themselves out in other regions.'
Christopher Scott, University of Arizona
'Very likely to be a book that will significantly shape the debate on India's irrigation economy, particularly the groundwater economy. The book will push many people to think 'outside of their box.'
Peter P. Mollinga, University of Bonn
'Taming the Anarchy is an authoritative treatise on groundwater governance that offers incisive insights and powerful ideas for planners and policymakers to rid the region of its groundwater madness.'
Sudhirendar Sharma, d.sector.org