WATERSHED DEVELOPMENT AND NEOLIBERALISM IN INDIA'S DRYLANDS
Article first published online: 4 OCT 2013
Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of International Development
Volume 26, Issue 7, pages 999–1010, October 2014
How to Cite
2014), WATERSHED DEVELOPMENT AND NEOLIBERALISM IN INDIA'S DRYLANDS, J. Int. Dev., 26, 999–1010. doi: 10.1002/jid.2956(
- Issue published online: 7 OCT 2014
- Article first published online: 4 OCT 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 10 AUG 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 3 JUL 2013
- Manuscript Received: 24 OCT 2011
- watershed development;
- rural development;
The impact of neoliberalism—an ideology that emphasizes private property and financial value-generation—has been little studied on development policy in India's drylands, which are inhabited by the greatest proportion of the country's poor. With global policy organisations and national governments emphasising market-oriented development in semi-arid areas, watershed development, the Indian state's largest development intervention for the drylands, now emphasises improving private land, intensifying input use and expanding irrigation in regions once considered ecologically fragile. Through an empirical account of the politics of categories, representations and technology, I discuss how neoliberal ideas of person, property and techniques of improvement are enacted in rainfed areas; and the implications for citizenship, equity and inclusion. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.