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Title: Policies are never implemented, but negotiated : analyzing integration of policies in managing water resources in the Indian Himalayas using a Bayesian network
Authors: Saravanan, VS
McDonald, GT
van Horen, B
Ip, FK 
Issue Date: Apr-2010
Source: Journal of natural resources policy research, Apr. 2010, v. 2, no. 2, p. 117-136
Abstract: The paper contributes by analyzing nonlinear and complex integration of policies in framing a water management problem in a case study hamlet in the Indian Himalayas. It reveals that policies are never implemented, but integrated through the negotiation with other policies and socio-cultural settings in (re)shaping water resources management. It demonstrates the incremental and cumulative integration of policies that are formulated from different governance arrangements in (mis)managing water. In such a regime, the paper calls for statutory public actors to lay-out broad principles in their policy statements that allow multiple actors to debate and negotiate diverse alternatives in order to make the policy-making process integrative, adaptive, and dynamic.
Keywords: Water management
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Journal: Journal of natural resources policy research 
ISSN: 1939-0459 (print)
1939-0467 (online)
DOI: 10.1080/19390451003643510
Rights: This is an electronic version of an article published in V.S. Saravanan, et al. (2010). Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research, 2(2), 117-136. Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research is available online at: The open URL of the article:
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