State, Time and Regional Experiences
Edited by Tadayoshi Terao and Tsuruyo Funatsu
Chapter 6: Compulsion to maintain: water and state power in Southeast Asia
What does the control of water tell us about dynamic aspects of governance that contribute to state formation? What are the conditions that prompt states to maintain control over resources? Drawing on examples from Southeast Asia, this chapter explores the impact of state power on the quality of life of people in the context of irrigation. I argue that the technical requirements of water distribution determine the nature of mutual reliance between the state and local communities - a relationship that has often been framed as confrontational.
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