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Record number 504002
Title Transboundary water interaction III : contest and compliance
Author(s) Zeitoun, Mark; Cascão, Ana Elisa; Warner, Jeroen; Mirumachi, Naho; Matthews, Nathanial; Menga, Filippo; Farnum, Rebecca
Source International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics 17 (2017)2. - ISSN 1567-9764 - p. 271 - 294.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s10784-016-9325-x
Department(s) Sociology of Development and Change
WASS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2017
Keyword(s) Conflict and cooperation - Counter-hegemony - Hegemony - Hydro-hegemony - Transboundary water
Abstract This paper serves international water conflict resolution efforts by examining the ways that states contest hegemonic transboundary water arrangements. The conceptual framework of dynamic transboundary water interaction that it presents integrates theories about change and counter-hegemony to ascertain coercive, leverage, and liberating mechanisms through which contest and transformation of an arrangement occur. While the mechanisms can be active through sociopolitical processes either of compliance or of contest of the arrangement, most transboundary water interaction is found to contain elements of both. The role of power asymmetry is interpreted through classification of intervention strategies that seek to either influence or challenge the arrangements. Coexisting contest and compliance serve to explain in part the stasis on the Jordan and Ganges rivers (where the non-hegemons have in effect consented to the arrangement), as well as the changes on the Tigris and Mekong rivers, and even more rapid changes on the Amu Darya and Nile rivers (where the non-hegemons have confronted power asymmetry through influence and challenge). The framework also stresses how transboundary water events that may appear isolated are more accurately read within the many sociopolitical processes and arrangements they are shaped by. By clarifying the typically murky dynamics of interstate relations over transboundary waters, furthermore, the framework exposes a new suite of entry points for hydro-diplomatic initiatives.
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