Rethinking Transboundary Waters: A Critical Hydropolitics of the Mekong Basin

TitleRethinking Transboundary Waters: A Critical Hydropolitics of the Mekong Basin
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Year of Publication2006
AuthorsSneddon, Fox
Secondary TitlePolitical Geography
Key themesFraming Concepts in Water Governance, Hydropower, Transboundary Governance

Efforts to understand the geographical and political complexities of transboundary river basins - Both within national jurisdictions and at international levels - Must embrace critical interdisciplinary perspectives. In this paper, we focus attention on underdeveloped aspects of transboundary water conflicts and cooperation - e.g., how ecological understandings of river basins are transformed within transboundary institutional arrangements; the way multiple actors in transboundary basins construct geographical scales; and how control over water is represented and exercised within governance and management institutions. We advance the notion of critical hydropolitics as a way of explicating these processes. We draw on a case study of conflict over and within the transboundary waters of the Mekong River basin to illustrate this approach. Our aim is to complement and extend ongoing research and policy debates concerning transboundary waters. © 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


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Cambodia, Laos, Regional, Thailand, Vietnam

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