Water Governance in the Mekong Basin: Scalar Tradeoffs, Transnational Norms and Chinese Hydropower Investment

Hensengerth, Oliver (2017) Water Governance in the Mekong Basin: Scalar Tradeoffs, Transnational Norms and Chinese Hydropower Investment. In: Chinese Encounters in Southeast Asia: How People, Money, and Ideas from China Are Changing a Region. University of Washington Press, Seattle. ISBN 9780295999296

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The increasing activity of Chinese hydropower companies in countries along the Mekong River has raised issues of environmental and social sustainability of Chinese investment. Hydropower investment regularly produces scalar conflicts between global goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, national development targets, and the impact on local communities and ecosystems.

Norms governing these areas can be observed on multiple levels of governance. Global norms are contained, inter alia, in the Equator Principles and the World Commission on Dams (WCD) recommendations. Domestic Chinese norms are contained in the Chinese government’s overseas investment policies and company-internal environmental regulations. A further level of norms is codified in laws in countries where Chinese companies invest. Chinese companies thus operate not only at a multi-level, but also in a transnational normative space. The paper will locate Chinese hydropower investment projects at the cross lines of these norms and analyze processes that contribute to scalar conflicts.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: F800 Physical and Terrestrial Geographical and Environmental Sciences
T300 South Asian studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2015 11:50
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 07:06
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/23889

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