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

Xu, Qinhong; Boelens, Rutgerd; Veldwisch, Gert Jan


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.