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dc.contributor.authorTheesfeld, Insaen_US
dc.contributor.authorBoevski, Ivanen_US
dc.description.abstractDuring the post-socialist transition period, the Bulgarian irrigation facilities deteriorated to alarge extent and no longer meet the needs of the new landowner and agricultural productionstructure. The Bulgarian government therefore enacted two new laws to encourage collectiveaction and to establish water user associations in order to achieve sustainable water management.In this article, we will question the frequent argument that water user associationscould easily be established in Bulgaria, because they are rooted in the water syndicates.Empirical findings from village case studies reveal that limited collective memory existstoday about former water syndicates? rules-in-use and patterns of action. We will explainthis breach of tradition by the migration from villages to cities, the suppression of precommunistso-called capitalist behaviour, and the length of the communist period. Moreover,the analysis of the historical cooperative development in Bulgaria shows that the watersyndicates were enforced by a top-down approach and did not have much in common withthe classic cooperative principles.en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries|aCEESA discussion paper / Humboldt-Universität Berlin, Department of Agricultural Economics and Social Sciences |x17en_US
dc.titleA breach of tradition during socialism : the case of water syndicates in Bulgariaen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US

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