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Reviving Pre-Socialist Cooperative Traditions: The Case of Water Syndicates in Bulgaria

Theesfeld, Insa and Boevsky, Ivan (2005) Reviving Pre-Socialist Cooperative Traditions: The Case of Water Syndicates in Bulgaria. Sociologia Ruralis, 45 (3). pp. 171-186. ISSN 0038−0199

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Abstract

A close look at the agricultural sector within Bulgaria shows an uneven distribution of natural water resources over time and space, making irrigation necessary to reduce production risk. The irrigation sector has been drastically affected by the political and economic changes that followed the collapse of the Socialist system. Bulgarian irrigation infrastructure was built to serve large production units during socialism and no longer meets the needs of the new farming structures, which combine small-scale subsistence producers with medium and large-scale agricultural producers. The infrastructure has deteriorated and irrigation water use, and corresponding areas under irrigation, have sharply declined. In the irrigation sector as whole, the result has been chaotic water appropriation rules and insecure and ineffective property rights (Theesfeld 2004).

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:collective action, cooperatives, water management
Subjects:Economic and business Administration > Economic policy. Management. Marketing
History.Archaeology > History of Bulgaria
Political sciences > Political sciences. Theory and philosophy
Public administration > Civil services
ID Code:2436
Deposited By: Ivan Boevsky
Deposited On:28 Mar 2018 11:50
Last Modified:28 Mar 2018 11:50

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