Politics and Development in a Transboundary Watershed

The Case of the Lower Mekong Basin

Editors: Öjendal, Joakim, Hansson, Stina, Hellberg, Sofie (Eds.)

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  • Addresses increasingly critical fields in research and practice
  • Contributes an in-depth case study which is measured against a general and theorized problem
  • A timely volume that tests the dominant and idealized IWRM approach to water management against more power oriented IR-imperatives
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Water - and its governance - is becoming a global concern partly because it is turning into a goods in short supply, with devastating effects on literally billions of people, but also because it is the "carrier" of global warming; whether through irregular weather patterns or through flooding, water is how global warming will be 'felt'. The lion's share of the globally available fresh water resources is to be found in transboundary systems. In spite of its significance, the generated knowledge on how to deal with transboundary waters is weak and leaves policy makers with seemingly unavoidable, trade-off dilemmas and prioritizations, often with detrimental effects. In order to disentangle this predicament this volume works with one case: the Lower Mekong Basin and covers state-of-the-art academic and practitioners' knowledge and hence appeals to a wide audience. The topic this volume addresses is situated in the nexus of an IR- (International Relations) approach focussing on transboundary politics and its inclination to remain within the sphere of state sovereignty and national interest on the one hand, and Development studies, with its imperatives on participation, planning, and intervention, on the other. The dilemma, we argue, of better understanding transboundary water management lies in how to understand how these two rationalities can be simultaneously nurtured.

Audience: This book will be relevant to scholars, as it provides cutting-edge research, and students, since it covers the primary debates in the field, interested in resource management, regional politics, and development issues in the area. It also addresses the global debate on transboundary water management and presents an in-depth case of one of the globally most sophisticated attempts at pursuing sustainable river basin management. Finally, practitioners and policymakers would benefit greatly because all contributions have explicit policy relevance, launching suggestion on improvements in water management.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Politics and Development in a Transboundary Watershed: The Case of the Lower Mekong Basin

    Pages 1-18

    Hansson, Stina (et al.)

  • Politics or Development: Sharing of International Rivers in the South

    Pages 19-35

    Swain, Ashok

  • Politics and Development of the Mekong River Basin: Transboundary Dilemmas and Participatory Ambitions

    Pages 37-59

    Öjendal, Joakim (et al.)

  • The Potential of MRC to Pursue IWRM in the Mekong: Trade-offs and Public Participation

    Pages 61-82

    Cooper, Rachel

  • Domestic Water Policy Implications on International Transboundary Water Development: A Case Study of Thailand

    Pages 83-100

    Mirumachi, Naho

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Hardcover $169.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Politics and Development in a Transboundary Watershed
Book Subtitle
The Case of the Lower Mekong Basin
Editors
  • Joakim Öjendal
  • Stina Hansson
  • Sofie Hellberg
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-0476-3
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-0476-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-0475-6
Softcover ISBN
978-94-017-8274-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 212
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