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Interest Groups, Water Politics and Governance

The Case of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project


  • One of the first and only studies of kind from an international relations perspective

  • The study incorporates a hydro political history of the Orange River that will be valuable to a variety of disciplines

  • The study is also novel in its application of theory


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Environmental Science book series (BRIEFSENVIRONMENTAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Richard Meissner
    Pages 1-6
  3. Richard Meissner
    Pages 7-19
  4. Richard Meissner
    Pages 21-64

About this book


The book investigates the role interest groups have played over the years to influence the governments of Lesotho and South Africa, the World Bank and project implementation authorities in changing some policy aspects of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP). Some of the issues being agitated by the interest groups are the resettlement of villagers where some of the dams for the projects are being constructed. The author argues that interest groups and individuals have the ability to influence the above-mentioned institutions and to such an extent that water politics and governance is not the domain of state institutions only.


Agential power Interest groups Lesotho Highlands Water Project Orange-Senqu river Water management

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Water Resources ResearchUniversity of KwaZulu-NatalScottsvilleSouth Africa

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