ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Drinking Water Governance ReformsSubscribe to Drinking Water Governance Reforms

Confronting the Elephant in the Room

More than three decades of reforms in Kerala’s drinking water sector have neither resulted in greater decision-making autonomy nor improved the fi nancial status of public utility. In addition to stymying the devolution of responsibility to local bodies, reforms have critically unsettled the role of the state leading to erosion of institutional capacity in public utility. The greater prominence of non-state players combined with institutional denuding of the state points to an emergent crisis of democratic accountability in the governance of this sector.

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