Journal article

Beyond contradiction: The state and the market in contemporary Chinese water governance

M Jiang, M Webber, J Barnett, S Rogers, I Rutherfurd, M Wang, B Finlayson

Geoforum | Elsevier | Published : 2020


State/market interactions in water governance have long been interpreted in terms of the contradiction between water as a commons and water as a commodity. Recent challenges to this dichotomisation claim that it cannot provide a useful lens through which to interpret the complexity of water resources and their management. This paper provides evidence from China to show that a dichotomous interpretation of state/market interactions has little power to explain the formulation and evolution of water governance regimes. Through an analysis of China's water policy development over the 1998–2018 period, the paper outlines how state control and marketisation are complementary rather than contradict..

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