Where Is the Power? Transnational Networks, Authority and the Dispute over the Xayaburi Dam on the Lower Mekong Mainstream

Hensengerth, Oliver (2015) Where Is the Power? Transnational Networks, Authority and the Dispute over the Xayaburi Dam on the Lower Mekong Mainstream. Water International, 40 (5-6). pp. 911-928. ISSN 0250-8060

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Abstract

Accounts of hydro-hegemony and counter hydro-hegemony provide state-based conceptions of power in international river basins. However, authority should be seen as transnationalized as small states develop coping strategies to augment their authority over decision-making processes. The article engages Rosenau’s spheres of authority concept to argue that hydro-hegemony is exercised by actors embedded in spheres of authority that reshape actor configurations as they emerge. These spheres consist of complex networks challenging customary notions of the local-global dichotomy and hydro-hegemony. Hydro-hegemony is therefore not fixed. The article examines these processes by analysing the dispute over the Xayaburi Dam in the Mekong Basin.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: water governance, hydropower, scales, transnational authority, water-energy nexus, Mekong
Subjects: F800 Physical and Terrestrial Geographical and Environmental Sciences
T300 South Asian studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Social Sciences & Languages
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2015 08:18
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2017 21:30
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/23844

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