Basically, the term Hyrdosocial Cycle is the extension of hydrologic cycle by making suitable modifications. The hydrological cycle gives a description of the movement of water based on the interaction of earth with its atmosphere through different process such as evaporation and condensation. This provides an insight into how the scientific aspects can be linked to water management. However, according to Linton and Budds, water management must also be linked to political framework wherein
According to Linton and Budds, the hydrological cycle also aroused to serve political ends and there is a need to look into the water management from a different perspective. Thus, hydrosocial cycle is seen as social-natural process which highlights the interaction of water and society wherein both make and remake each other. There is dialectical process through which water and society interrelate.
Water is scarce resource. Only three per cent of the water available of earth is fresh water, which can be used directly by the human beings. The physical conditions largely influence the availability for water for public in a region. However, from the perspective of political ecology, this scarcity produced socially. Thus, scarcity is one of the aspects that further strengthen the need for efforts in the context of political and social space to overcome the crisis and have water governance regimes.
According to the Dublin Principle in 1992 to ensure security of water, there is a need to transform water as economic good. The three aspects related to development of market are privatization, commercialization and commodification. These aspects require liberalization of the water markets, emergence of new institutions for regulations related to water consumption.
This refers to the involvement of all the stakeholders in formulation of the policies and decision making process wherein the factors affecting them are discussed and incorporated. There are different stakeholders and the involvement of them leads to better solutions and water management that will fulfil the needs of larger section of the society.