Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

The Informant Survey as a Method for Studying Irrigation Systems

No metrics data to plot.
The attempt to load metrics for this article has failed.
The attempt to plot a graph for these metrics has failed.
MyBook is a cheap paperback edition of the original book and will be sold at uniform, low price.

Buy this article

$30.00+ Tax (if applicable)
Add to Favorites

image of Journal of Asian and African Studies
For new content, see African and Asian Studies.

Although informant surveys are probably as old as formal organization, the methodology has only recently been codified and standardized. In its present form, it consists of a questionnaire administered to one or several general (not "key" or specialized) informants, objective questions about the institutional aspects of the social systems under study, and statistical analysis oriented to explicating group-level properties. As such, it is a low cost and appropriate technique for surveying 50 or more communities, districts, bureaucracies, businesses, or other formal organizations. It is illustrated and explained here by two recent studies of communal irrigation systems. Its capacity is greatly enhanced, as is true of all research methods, by harnessing it to an appropriate theoretical frame of reference, and one approach to the study of irrigation systems is outlined.


Article metrics loading...


Affiliations: 1: Cornell University, Ithaca, U.S.A.


Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Subscribe to email alerts
  • Get permissions
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Journal of Asian and African Studies — Recommend this title to your library

    Thank you

    Your recommendation has been sent to your librarian.

  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation