By Jeroen Warner

Floods are one of the most typical and devasting usual failures. within the wake of such an occasion, the strain to begin flood defense schemes that might supply safeguard is gigantic, and politicians promise fast strategies within the nationwide curiosity. Jeroen Warner examines a couple of such initiatives from world wide, together with the center East, South Asia and Western Europe, geared toward the prevention of great flooding. each one provoked a degree of controversy unexpected by means of its initiators, with the outcome that schemes have been shelved, weren't accomplished, or just failed. the writer indicates how such tasks necessarily develop into politicised as assorted stakeholders search to advertise their pursuits. This ebook is the 1st specific account of the politics and decision-making surrounding flood making plans and of the teachings to be learned.

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It reflects and reproduces ‘incompatible subject positions’, that is, of a diametrical opposition between Us and Them, Self and Other(s), with clearly defined boundaries between them. Such ‘pre-productions’ tend to escalate, so that conflict over one issue becomes antagonism over everything else. While the conflict may be over only one aspect, the parties involved find themselves at daggers drawn over all possible issues: everything else collapses into two categories: black and white, friend and foe.

Egyptians tend to join hands when they are inspired by an urgent national project. (Egyptian government official quoted in Bush, 2007) When the emperor claims it’s midnight at noon, the wise man says: behold the moon. 1 Introduction: Closing the River Had the High Aswan Dam not blocked the river Nile, floods would have wreaked havoc in Egypt in 1975, 1988, 1998 and 1999. Now Lake Nasser, the giant reservoir behind the dam, stores surface floodwater for dry years. But in 1998, Egypt experienced such an exceptional peak discharge that even this mega-reservoir might have overflowed.

1998) the security speech act is an ‘act’ with special force, the present study zooms in on the consequences of this particular positioning. The enemy can be the flood, but also the flood manager, whose actions (or non-action) may be seen to bring insecurity rather than security. Speech acts are embedded in what Jasanoff (1999) has called ‘songlines’ and others storylines. ’s examples of Dutch dikes), a whole Trim: 156mm × 234mm Top: 36pt Gutter: 67pt IBBK030/Warner ISBN: 978 1 84511 817 4 January 14, 2011 P1: KAE IBBK030-01 32 8:24 FLOOD PLANNING storyline is effectively reinvoked that lends credence to some (security) actors and delegitimises others (see Hajer, 1995: 62, 67).

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