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This article will contextualise accounts of political intention and policy development towards water issues in Vietnam. The author examines two main empirics: the evolution of formal policy; and the by now extensive series of 'active' case studies that have examined donor as well as other projects in the sector. The article examines the notion that attempts to explain Vietnamese water policy have shifted away from assumptions that an analytical framework’s categories may easily and without too much risk be extended across different contexts. Rather, comparisons of Vietnamese experience across contexts will tend, if they are to be persuasive, to shift to the use of languages that reflect ontological fluidity, in that what things mean is expected to change over time, without reference to an imagined transcendental and universal 'real'. In this sense, Vietnamese water policy may be usefully understood as an example of how 'success gives voice to the local'.

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Field Value
Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
Language of document
  • English
  • Rivers and lakes
  • Water policy and administration
  • Water resources
  • Water rights
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Viet Nam
Copyright Yes
Access and use constraints

Water Alternatives distributes under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial License 3.0.

Version / Edition 1.0
License CC-BY-4.0

Adam Fforde,

Author (individual) Fforde, Adam
Publication place Washington/ London
Publisher Water Alternatives
Publication date 2010
Pagination 22 p.
General note

Water Alternatives Volume 3,Number 3,552-574

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Date modified June 24, 2015, 05:17 (UTC)