Structuring water rights in China: a hierarchical framework

Wang, Y., Wan, T. and Biswas, A. K. (2018) Structuring water rights in China: a hierarchical framework. International Journal of Water Resources Development, 34(3), pp. 418-433. (doi: 10.1080/07900627.2017.1378627)

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The rapid development of China’s market economy compels the adoption of water rights and associated market mechanisms to optimize the allocation of water resources. The complexity of understanding and practising Chinese water rights is highlighted by the unique contextual characteristics of an authoritarian political regime, rapid socio-economic change and increasing scarcity of water resources. This article proposes a hierarchical framework to describe the particular water-rights structure in China based on natural resources institutional economics. It provides an analysis of emerging water markets and key factors affecting the formation of a modern water-rights system in contemporary China.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Biswas, Professor Asit K
Authors: Wang, Y., Wan, T., and Biswas, A. K.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering
Journal Name:International Journal of Water Resources Development
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1360-0648
Published Online:04 October 2017

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