Developing bureaucracies for environmental governance: state authority and World Bank conditionality in Laos

Singh, Sarinda (2013) Developing bureaucracies for environmental governance: state authority and World Bank conditionality in Laos. Journal of Contemporary Asia, 44 2: 322-341. doi:10.1080/00472336.2013.823587


Author Singh, Sarinda
Title Developing bureaucracies for environmental governance: state authority and World Bank conditionality in Laos
Journal name Journal of Contemporary Asia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0047-2336
1752-7554
Publication date 2013-08-09
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00472336.2013.823587
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 44
Issue 2
Start page 322
End page 341
Total pages 20
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract This paper considers the on-going production of bureaucracies for environmental governance in developing countries and the ways in which donor engagement is reshaped through localised bureaucratic dynamics. In Laos, World Bank conditions associated with the Nam Theun 2 hydropower project saw the establishment of the Watershed Management and Protection Authority (WMPA). I examine internal dynamics at the WMPA headquarters in Nakai District, including formal institutions for forest management, informal institutions for recognising local authority and wealth redistribution and the personal aspirations of WMPA officials. In doing so, this piece contributes to current discussions about donor-driven institutional change, practices of state-making and the local “technocrats” who are personally confronted by the complex intersections of donor conditionality and state authority.
Keyword Bureaucratic reform
Environment
Development
World Bank
Laos
State-making practices
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2014 Collection
School of Social Science Publications
 
Versions
Version Filter Type
Citation counts: TR Web of Science Citation Count  Cited 4 times in Thomson Reuters Web of Science Article | Citations
Scopus Citation Count Cited 4 times in Scopus Article | Citations
Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Created: Thu, 13 Mar 2014, 04:37:25 EST by Dr Sarinda Singh on behalf of School of Social Science