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| Shifting Public and Private Roles in Maintenance Service Provision
| California's Central Valley
| Huppert, W., Svendsen, M., Cone, D.
Editor or Organisation
| sector reform, institutional framework, service provision, operation and maintenance
| good practice
Table of Contents
| 1. Introduction
3. Overview of California irrigation
4. Principal Actors
6. Changing Service Relationships
| This paper has three main purposes – first to illustrate a methodology for systematically describing and analyzing an institutional framework for irrigation service provision, second to document and illuminate the dramatic on-going evolution of water management institutions in California’s Central Valley, and third to raise awareness of the importance of regulation in irrigation management. The paper does so by looking at irrigation as a set of services exchanged among various actors and regards regulation as one of several mechanisms that govern the interaction between these actors. In spite of this obvious and growing need, is comes as a surprise that the topic of regulation and its consequences for irrigation have hardly been touched upon in the literature on irrigation management. In other fields in which private utilities provide a monopoly service, regulation is a central feature of the governance environment, as with private electricity suppliers. However, regulation has not become a central topic in the irrigation debate, particularly with regard to developing country irrigation. The case demonstrates the complexity of modern governance mechanisms in a mature water economy. The number of involved actors and stakeholders is large and growing, and the task of managing a natural resource-based economic activity is extremely complex. The study shows the dynamic and evolutionary nature of governance in the considered part of the California Central Valley Project.
| Technologies, Enabling Environment