Chinese hydropower companies and environmental norms in countries of the global South: the involvement of Sinohydro in Ghana’s Bui Dam

Hensengerth, Oliver (2013) Chinese hydropower companies and environmental norms in countries of the global South: the involvement of Sinohydro in Ghana’s Bui Dam. Environment, Development and Sustainability, 15 (2). pp. 285-300. ISSN 1387-585X

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Abstract

The paper examines the role of environmental norms in Chinese overseas investment in hydropower dams, exemplified by Sinohydro’s involvement in the Bui Dam in Ghana. While the investment of Western companies in hydropower dams in the global South is decreasing owing to changing notions of sustainability in the West, the investment of Chinese companies in hydro dams in Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America is accelerating at great speed. The emergence of Chinese companies in international markets in the context of China’s Going Abroad strategy has sparked a debate on whether China can be considered a norm-changer in international development. The paper considers this question in the context of the status of environmental norms in Sinohydro’s investment in Ghana’s Bui Dam. The paper argues that the role of international norms in Chinese investment is dependent on two factors: the contractual arrangements under which Chinese companies operate abroad and the political institutions of host countries.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online before print November 2012.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hydropower, dams, environment, norms, Chinese overseas investment, South–South cooperation
Subjects: F800 Physical and Terrestrial Geographical and Environmental Sciences
T100 Chinese studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Ellen Cole
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2013 15:16
Last Modified: 08 May 2017 11:03
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/10694

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