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Political Structure and Anti-dam Protest Movements: Comparing Cases of India and China
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 80 credits / 120 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In recent times, increasing instances of population displacement from many large dam construction projects have led to increase in anti-dam protest movements. But some of these protest movements are more successfully mobilized than others. The differences in success are largely due to the kind of political system they are based in. Studies show that formation and mobilization patterns of the protest movements are largely determined by the nature of state and its political system. However, there is lack of comparative study in this regard especially in the field of anti-dam protest movement. This thesis aims to fill that knowledge gap by comparing the anti-dam protest mobilization in Sardar Sarovar Dam, India and Three Gorges Dam, China. The Study finds that political structures have significant impact on anti-dam protest mobilization and citizens of democracy enjoy more freedom in anti-dam protest mobilization than those in authoritarian polity.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 22 p.
Examensarbete vid Institutionen för geovetenskaper, ISSN 1650-6553 ; 122
Keyword [en]
Sustainable Development, Social Movement, Anti-Dam Movement, Political Structure, Protest Mobilization, Sardar Sarovar Dam, Three Gorges Dam, India, China
National Category
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-196564OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-196564DiVA: diva2:610328
Educational program
Master Programme in Sustainable Development
2012-02-13, Geocentrum, Villavägen 16, Uppsala, 13:55 (English)
Life Earth Science
Available from: 2013-04-03 Created: 2013-03-11 Last updated: 2013-04-03Bibliographically approved

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