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Governing International Rivers

Polycentric Politics in the Mekong and the Rhine

Tun Myint

Tun Myint, Department of Political Science, Carleton College, Northfield, MN, US

2012 288 pp Hardback 978 1 78100 147 9
2013 Paperback 978 1 78100 403 6
ebook isbn 978 1 78100 148 6

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‘This superb analysis of water governance in the Rhine and Mekong river basins should be read by everyone interested in the challenges of international water management.’
– Thomas Bernauer, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland


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This important book employs the theory of polycentricity, a system with several centers as an analytical concept to explain the multilayered international environmental governance of river basins. It introduces a new methodological framework to deconstruct and investigate the dynamics of citizens, states and non-state actors in world politics via the context of river basin governance.

The methodology is tested through in-depth field-based case studies, illustrating how local citizens and industries in the Mekong and Rhine river basins participate in transnational environmental governance at both local and international levels. Tun Myint expertly presents both a methodology and theory to conceive polycentricity of world politics as a major intellectual milestone in theorizing world politics. Providing nuanced details of cases showing the challenges and feasibilities of incorporating multiple actors into a governance framework, the book provides careful analysis into the power of non-state actors.

Full table of contents

Contents: 1. Governance and International Rivers 2. Polycentricity of World Politics 3. Institutional Evolution in the Mekong and the Rhine 4. Multilayer Environmental Governance in the Rhine 5. Influence of Non-state Actors in Governance of the Rhine 6. Issues, Interests and Actors in the Pak Mun Dam Project 7. Influence of Non-state Actors on Pak Mun Dam 8. Polycentric Environmental Governance References Index

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