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Hydropolitics, Interest Groups and Governance

The Case of the Proposed Epupa Dam

  • Based on alternative theoretical positions (such as social constructivism) to so-called “dominant” theoretical positions in International Relations, like neoliberal institutionalism and neorealism

  • Provides an in-depth analysis of the ability of communal interest groups to influence state and international institutions at various political scales

  • Presents a framework for analysis that can be applied to research similar issues and trends in water politics and governance


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

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This book investigates the role that interest groups have played over the years in influencing the government of Namibia, the World Bank, the European Union and project implementation authorities to not construct the proposed Epupa Hydroelectric Power Station on the Kunene River in the Baynes mountains, a region on the border between Namibia and Angola. Some of the issues brought forward by the interest groups are the socio-economic impact the dam would have on the OvaHimba, as well as negative consequences for the river’s aquatic and terrestrial environment. This book 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 are not exclusively the domain of state institutions. As such, it argues that communal interest groups, living in remote parts of the world, can influence state institutions at various political scales.


Transboundary Water Politics Hydropolitics Scalar Politics Kunene River Epupa Dam water policy

Authors and affiliations

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

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