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dc.titleDynamics of Institutional Change: Three Water Policies (And Two Bright Ideas) Examined
dc.contributor.authorLEONG CHING CHING
dc.identifier.citationLEONG CHING CHING (2012-08-17). Dynamics of Institutional Change: Three Water Policies (And Two Bright Ideas) Examined. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
dc.description.abstractThe central problem in water institutions today is the complexity and seeming intractability of large-scale water reforms. In current literature on institutional change, three factors are identified as affecting institutional change - path dependencies, social norms and rational interests. But while they illuminate some crucial aspects of change, any explanatory force appears one-sided as they explain either change or stasis but not both. This thesis shows that it is ideas that are key - ideas cause institutional change by acting as cognitive bridges between the existing set of institutions and a new set. Institutional reforms succeed where these ideational bridges score highly along epistemic and narrative parameters of truth, richness and coherence, producing a thick narrative which allows many and sometimes contrasting perspectives.
dc.subjectwater policies, institutional change, narratives, ideas, institutions, legitimacy
dc.contributor.departmentLEE KUAN YEW SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY
dc.contributor.supervisorJARVIS, DARRYL STUART
dc.description.degreeconferredDOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY
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