Transnational system building across geopolitical shifts : The Danube-Oder-Elbe Canal, 1901-2015

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We study the politics of water infrastructure through the Large Technical Systems (LTS) literature, which examines human agency in the dynamics of complex sociotechnical systems. We take into account the transnational turn in LTS-studies in the past decade. Transnational analysis is about the mutual shaping of the international, national, and local. Accordingly, we look at how key system builders –historical agents envisioning and working on the entire sociotechnical system –identified and negotiated international, national, regional, and local politics through the design process. We do this for the intriguing case of the Danube-Oder-Elbe Canal, the so-called 'missing link' between the North, Baltic, and Black Seas, with a design history spanning wildly diverging paradigms of political rule – from imperialism to fascism, communism, and 'EU-ropeanism'.
Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)272-291
Aantal pagina's20
TijdschriftWater Alternatives : An Interdisciplinary Journal on Water, Politics, and Development
Nummer van het tijdschrift2
StatusGepubliceerd - 2016


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