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How Frames matter: Common Sense and Institutional Choice in Ghana’s Urban Water Sector
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Department of Water and Environmental Studies. Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research . Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8047-9669
Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet, Uppsala, Sweden . (Institutionen för Stad och Land)
2014 (English)In: Journal of Environment and Development, ISSN 1070-4965, E-ISSN 1552-5465, Vol. 23, no 2, 247-270 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Ideas on what is best practice to provide more people in rapidly growing low- and middle-income cities with adequate water supplying services have changed during the 20th century. By applying a frame-theoretical approach, this article analyzes institutional choice in Ghana’s urban water sector. Special attention is paid to two major events: first, the establishment of the state water utility, Ghana Water and Sewerage Corporation, in 1965, and, second, the reform process in the 1990s and early 2000s that aimed at private sector participation in urban water management. By unraveling the arguments and the taken-for-granted assumptions underlying the two reforms, the article shows how the perceived space for policy alternatives available to decision makers at a certain point in time has been largely constrained by the dominant frames in a particular historical context. This conclusion is supportive of the argument that rationality is a highly contextual and time-dependent concept.

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Sage Publications, 2014. Vol. 23, no 2, 247-270 p.
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frame analysis, institutions, Ghana, water supply, sewerage.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-106781DOI: 10.1177/1070496514525405ISI: 000337574200003OAI: diva2:718852
Available from: 2014-05-22 Created: 2014-05-22 Last updated: 2015-01-14Bibliographically approved

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