Who doesn’t like “resilience”? The rich and powerful. Duh.

“Even as the ACCCRN attempted to expand and perpetuate actor-networks, it came across a countervailing force in the form of ‘patron-client networks’ that were already in operation in these policy settings. This is a network within which a powerful actor (patron) uses her/his influence and resources to provide benefit to a less powerful actor (client) who reciprocates by offering allegiance, and diverse kinds of support and assistance (Scott, 1972). For instance, the Pradhan (councillor) in one of the localities in Indore of the Pilot Project on Conjunctive Water Management Project had a very negative attitude towards the initiative. This was because the water user group (the ACCCRN induced ‘actor-network’) in the locality and its secretary were helping reduce water insecurity for the residents by building in redundant capacity (a key tenet of urban resilience) through the installation of water harvesting systems (Tyler and Moench, 2012). This threatened the Pradhan’s entrenched systems of patronage through which he exchanged tankers of water in the summer for political allegiance in local elections. The negative attitude of this critically important policy actor at the local level threatened the tenability and sustainability of the project in turn.”

Policy climates and climate policies: Analysing the politics of building urban climate change resilience
Aditya V. Bahadur and Thomas Tanner
Urban Climate 7 (2014) 20–32
(behind a paywall, inevitably)

 

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