Energy, Governance and Security in Thailand and Myanmar (Burma)

A Critical Approach to Environmental Politics in the South

Adam Simpson

336 pp., illustrated
NIAS Monographs # 137
Available from NIAS Press worldwide




Paperback - 2017, In production
ISBN 978-87-7694-207-6, £19.99
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• Ground-breaking book that proposes a new critical approach to energy and environmental security.
• Describes how environmental movements are providing ’activist environmental governance’ for energy projects in the absence of effective and democratic governments.
• By comparing the nature of environmental activism under two very different political regimes, this book delivers crucial theoretical insights with both academic and policy implications.

Across the world states are seeking out new and secure supplies of energy but this search is manifesting itself most visibly in Asia where rapid industrialisation in states such as China and India is fomenting a frantic scramble for energy resources. Due to entrenched societal inequities and widespread authoritarian governance, however, the pursuit of national energy security through transnational energy projects has resulted in devastating impacts on the human and environmental security of local populations. These effects are particularly evident in both Thailand and Myanmar (Burma), which are increasingly engaged in the cross-border energy trade. Based on extensive fieldwork and theoretical analysis this ground-breaking book proposes a new critical approach to energy and environmental security and explores the important role that both local and transnational environmental movements are playing, in the absence of effective and democratic governments, in providing ’activist environmental governance’ for energy projects throughout the region. By comparing the nature of this activism under two very different political regimes it delivers crucial theoretical insights with both academic and policy implications for the sustainable and equitable development of the South’s natural resources.

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