Journal article

Is Trust Always a Precondition for Effective Water Resource Management?

Nahui Zhen, Jon Barnett, Michael Webber

Water Resources Management | Springer Verlag | Published : 2020

Abstract

Trust is generally assumed to be an essential precondition for effective water resource management. However, there is piecemeal evidence about the extent to which trust matters for water management and the conditions under which it is more or less important. Moreover, most evidence comes from research in a small number of liberal-democracies. We seek to advance knowledge of the importance of trust in water resource management through a qualitative study that explains the extent to which trust is a factor in managing urban water supply in Shanghai (China), and the factors that influence this relationship. This is the first study of its kind in China, and one of only a handful that use in dept..

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