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By Naho Mirumachi

This ebook examines the political economic climate that governs the administration of foreign transboundary river basins within the constructing international. those shared rivers are the surroundings for irrigation, hydropower and flood administration tasks in addition to water move schemes. frequently, those initiatives try to engineer the river basin with deep political, socio-economic and environmental implications. The politics of transboundary river basin administration sheds mild at the demanding situations bearing on sustainable improvement, water allocation and usage among sovereign states. 

Advancing conceptual considering past simplistic analyses of river basins in clash or cooperation, the writer proposes a brand new analytical framework. The Transboundary Waters interplay NexuS (TWINS) examines the coexistence of clash and cooperation in riparian interplay. This framework highlights the significance of strength kin among basin states that make certain negotiation tactics and associations of water assets administration. The research illustrates the way in which river basin administration is framed by means of strong elite decision-makers, mixed with geopolitical elements and geographical imaginations. furthermore, the booklet explains how nationwide improvement thoughts and water assets calls for have an important position in shaping the intensities of clash and cooperation on the overseas level. 

The ebook attracts on distinctive case stories from the Ganges River basin in South Asia, the Orange–Senqu River basin in Southern Africa and the Mekong River basin in Southeast Asia, supplying key insights on fairness and tool asymmetry appropriate to different basins within the constructing world.

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Water Policy, vol. 8, no. 5, pp. 435–460, with permission from the copyright holders, IWA Publishing). analytical framework that includes problem structures, power, basin-specific and external influences is lacking. Incentivizing cooperation Studies that explain the cause of conflict and non-cooperation provide some hints on how cooperation may be induced. First, the perceived importance of water guides studies that focus on its economic value. Whittington et al. (2005) proposed that if the economic value of water within a basin were calculated, cooperation would be easier to foster.

Her proposed Hegemonic Theory of Cooperation claims that the downstream state with hegemonic power can bring about cooperation, especially when water is perceived to be vital to its national security. The downstream hegemon uses ‘influence, force, “rank”, technology, or simply . . : 169). Her study identified the key analytical components required to provide an understanding of cooperation (or non-cooperation). : 11). Dinar (2009) argued that the IR thinking on institutionalism, rather than Realism, provides a more persuasive explanation of hydropolitics, considering the many historic agreements there have been over water.

Their hypothesis is underpinned by the neo-functionalist IR argument that high politics may be brokered through advancement of low politics cooperation (Mitrany 1975). However, four case studies from the Jordan, Nile, Kagera and Mekong river basins provide inconclusive results on the causal effect between low and high politics. Phillips et al. (2006: 186) acknowledged that spill-over is ‘a twoway street’, where cooperation over water can lead to cooperation on broader issues beyond the river basin and vice versa, but is determined by the basinspecific context.

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