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Power plus: Tony Allan’s contributions to understanding transboundary water arrangements

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Mark Zeitoun, Ana Cascao, Marwa Daoudy, Francesca Greco, Naho Mirumachi, Jeroen Warner

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1001-1015
Number of pages15
Issue number6
Early online date17 Oct 2022
Accepted/In press17 Oct 2022
E-pub ahead of print17 Oct 2022

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We trace the development of a theory and analytical frames within international political economy that originated from Tony Allan’s mainstreaming of power as a determining factor in the control of transboundary flows. These include the Framework of Hydro-Hegemony, coexisting conflict and cooperation and Transboundary Water Interaction Analysis, counter-hegemony and virtual water rivers. These contributions are exemplified briefly through cases from around the globe and in particular the Nile. To ensure that this aspect of Tony’s legacy lives on, we propose a research agenda that includes the analysis of power interactions at substate levels between central governments and non-state actors.

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