Thursday, 7 October 2010


However, while the liberal–technical perspectives of international
institutions like the World Bank are often good at listing individual
inefficiencies (itemising how resources could be better exploited and
produced, and how infrastructure networks, institutions, tariff levels, etc
could be improved), they are generally blind to the fact that such discrete
individual inefficiencies always emerge and need to be understood within the
context of relatively durable social and political-economic structures.

Selby, Jan 2005 The Geopolitics of Water in the Middle East: Fantasies and realities, Third World Quarterly, 26(2), 329-349.

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