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Title Dead in the water : global lessons from the World Bank's model hydropower project in Laos / edited by Bruce Shoemaker and William Robichaud.

Published Madison, Wisconsin : The University of Wisconsin Press, [2018]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM ERC  333.91409594 DEAD    AVAILABLE
Physical description xxvi, 352 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Series New perspectives in Southeast Asian studies.
New perspectives in Southeast Asian studies.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 313-330) and index.
Contents Part 1 World Bank Promotes a New Model of Hydropower -- 1 Nam Theun 2's Winding History: Studies, Setbacks, and Rebrandings p. 15 / Bruce Shoemaker and William Robichaud -- 2 Independent Guidance and International Credibility: The Panel of Experts p. 43 / Dave Hubbel and Bruce Shoemaker -- 3 Promises and Pitfalls of Nongovernmental Organization Consultation and Engagement p. 63 / Bruce Shoemaker and Dave Hubbel -- Part 2 Social and Environmental Context and Outcomes -- 4 Ethnicity in the Nam Theun 2 Theater: A Sense of History p. 87 / James R. Chamberlain -- 5 Broken Pillars: The Failure of the Nakai Plateau Livelihood Resettlement Program p. 106 / Glenn Hunt and Marika Samuelsson and Satomi Higashi -- 6 Social Change in the Nam Theun 2 Catchment: The Kri Experience p. 141 / N. J. Enfield -- 7 Elusive Conservation in the Nam Theun 2 Catchment p. 156 / William Robichaud -- 8 Troubles Downstream: Changes in the Xe Bang Fai River Basin p. 182 / Ian G. Baird and Bruce Shoemaker and Kahokwan Manorom -- 9 Revenues without Accountability: National Poverty Alleviation and NamTheun 2 p. 206 / Bruce Shoemaker -- Part 3 Nam Theun 2's Wider Legacy -- 10 Nam Theun 2 and the Transformation of Institutions and Public Debate in Laos p. 217 / Sarinda Singh -- 11 Nam Theun 2, the Xe Bang Fai, and Thailand's Electricity Network p. 242 / Ian G. Baird and Noah Quastel -- 12 Overpowered: Limiting Liability within Thailand's Nam Theun 2 Electricity Deal p. 254 / Gráinne Ryder and Witoon Permpongsacharoen -- 13 Branding Dams: Nam Theun 2 and Its Role in Producing the Discourse of "Sustainable Hydropower" p. 271 / Carl Middleton.
Summary For decades, large dam projects have been undertaken by both nations and international agencies with the aim of doing good: preventing floods, bringing electricity to rural populations, producing revenues for poor countries, and more. But time after time, the social, economic, and environmental costs have outweighed the benefits of the dams, sometimes to a disastrous degree. In this volume, a diverse group of experts-involved for years with the Nam Theun 2 dam in Laos-issue an urgent call for critical reassessment of the approach to, and rationale for, these kinds of large infrastructure projects in developing countries. In the 2000s, as the World Bank was reeling from revelations of past hydropower failures, it nonetheless promoted the enormous Nam Theun 2 project. NT2, the Bank believed, offered a new, wiser model of dam development that would alleviate poverty, protect the environment, engage locally affected people in a transparent fashion, and stimulate political transformation. This was a tall order. For the first time, this book shows in detail why, despite assertions of success from the World Bank and other agencies involved in the project, the dam's true story has been one of substantial loss for affected villagers and the regional environment. Nam Theun 2 is an important case study that illustrates much broader problems of global development policy. -- Provided by publisher.
Other author Shoemaker, Bruce, editor.
Robichaud, William, editor.
Subject Nam Theun 2 Hydroelectric Project.
Hydroelectric power plants -- Economic aspects -- Laos -- Nam Theun River.
Hydroelectric power plants -- Social aspects -- Laos -- Nam Theun River.
Hydroelectric power plants -- Environmental aspects -- Laos -- Nam Theun River.
Dams -- Laos -- Nam Theun River.
Economic development projects -- Laos.
ISBN 9780299317904 (cloth ;) (alk. paper)
0299317900 (cloth ;) (alk. paper)