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Understanding the non-institutionalization of a socio-technical innovation: the case of multiple-use water services (MUS) in Nepal

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  • Floriane Clement
  • Prachanda Pradhan
  • Barbara Van Koppen

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Multiple-use water services (MUS) have been promoted and piloted globally for two decades as a socio-technical innovation. Yet the MUS approach has hardly extended beyond donor-funded projects to public policies. We use a collective action framework to analyze the non-institutionalization of MUS in Nepal. We find that MUS has much cognitive legitimacy, but discourse fragmentation has reduced its socio-political legitimacy. Yet the latter is essential to overcome the institutional challenges of a fragmented public water sector and to mainstream MUS into policy debate.

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  • Floriane Clement & Prachanda Pradhan & Barbara Van Koppen, 2019. "Understanding the non-institutionalization of a socio-technical innovation: the case of multiple-use water services (MUS) in Nepal," Water International, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 44(4), pages 408-426, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:rwinxx:v:44:y:2019:i:4:p:408-426
    DOI: 10.1080/02508060.2019.1600336
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