By Jeroen Warner
Floods are one of the most typical and devasting traditional failures. within the wake of such an occasion, the strain to begin flood security schemes that may supply protection is big, and politicians promise quickly strategies within the nationwide curiosity. Jeroen Warner examines a couple of such tasks from around the globe, together with the center East, South Asia and Western Europe, geared toward the prevention of significant flooding. each one provoked a degree of controversy unexpected by means of its initiators, with the end result that schemes have been shelved, weren't accomplished, or just failed. the writer exhibits how such tasks unavoidably turn into politicised as various stakeholders search to advertise their pursuits. This e-book is the 1st unique account of the politics and decision-making surrounding flood making plans and of the teachings to be learned.
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Dissatisfied with the performance of flood defences, an American liberal school of human geographers (G. White, 1954; Burton, Kates and White, 1993) focussed on human behaviour and choice. , 2005). Collective insurance and national reinsurance complements the set of instruments. , 1994). As they identify with local actors and initiatives rather than the state, I see strong parallels with the (anti-)hegemony perspective on ‘water wars’. 6 Beyond Talk: Practices of Security and Conflict So far, the discussion in this section has focussed on words, as used in speech acts, frames, stories, narratives.
While concepts such as integrated water resources management are currently almost unassailable (Wester and Warner, 2002), what constitutes hegemonic water discourse in the ‘International Water Relations’ community appears to be more in flux than the water discourse authors claim (Warner and Zeitoun, under review). 13 The end of the 1980s saw a sense of crisis and confusion in both the security and water sector. The can-do mentality – the feeling that every problem can be fixed – that long prevailed in the water world eroded after a succession of setbacks.
Attribution of a threat does not necessarily lead to counteraction. In that case, there is security discourse, but no ‘performativity’. Securitisation is a ‘call and response’ between enunciator and intended audience. The authority relation between the securitising actor and the audience may play a part, or the audience does not respond as expected, that is, does not accept the securitising move, or there is no follow-up that reproduces the discourse and translates word into action. In that case, there is no legitimation for extraordinary measures (Roe, 2004).