The evolution of China’s rural water governance: water, techno-political development and state legitimacy

Qinhong Xu*, Rutgerd Boelens, Gert Jan Veldwisch

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Abstract

The article investigates the evolution of rural water governance in the People’s Republic of China through a historical review of its water governance transformations, including the ideology, institutions, and discourses. It is argued that the evolution of agricultural water management and rural drinking water development in China is inextricably linked to addressing political legitimacy. Rural water governance, is shown to be intertwined with state identity and citizenship formation, in order to produce and control hydrosocial territorial objects and subjects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)717-737
JournalJournal of Peasant Studies
Volume51
Issue number3
Early online date29 Sept 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2024

Keywords

  • Water governance; state legitimacy; rural development; hydrosocial territories governmentality; China

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