Water exploitation is at the centre of current social and environmental sustainability discourses, one form of which is hydropower. Intense damming of rivers and natural basins occurred in nineteenth and twentieth century Europe (and elsewhere). Following Miller and Power's concept of territorialisation and Foucault's notion of visibility, this study sheds light on the water management arena, read through changes in stakeholder objectives and accountabilities. Its focus is on the ‘accounts’ of environmental concerns, from post WWII to the new millennium. The analysis focuses on the case of the Santa Giustina dam in Northern Italy, using archival and oral-history approaches. It is shown how an increasing visibility of environmental concerns translated into a higher degree of ‘territorialisation’ through their itemisation in water quality and quantity parameters. This historical evolution informs policy makers, managers and society in general, about how to address profits and environmental issues regarding current water exploitation.

A Multi-Period Analysis of a Water Management Arena in the Italian Alps, circa 1951-2007: The Territorialisation of Environmental Concerns / Maran, Laura; Schneider, Thomas; Andreaus, Michele. - In: ACCOUNTING HISTORY. - ISSN 1032-3732. - STAMPA. - 2023, 28 (4):(2023), pp. 604-647. [10.1177/10323732231196939]

A Multi-Period Analysis of a Water Management Arena in the Italian Alps, circa 1951-2007: The Territorialisation of Environmental Concerns

Andreaus, Michele
2023-01-01

Abstract

Water exploitation is at the centre of current social and environmental sustainability discourses, one form of which is hydropower. Intense damming of rivers and natural basins occurred in nineteenth and twentieth century Europe (and elsewhere). Following Miller and Power's concept of territorialisation and Foucault's notion of visibility, this study sheds light on the water management arena, read through changes in stakeholder objectives and accountabilities. Its focus is on the ‘accounts’ of environmental concerns, from post WWII to the new millennium. The analysis focuses on the case of the Santa Giustina dam in Northern Italy, using archival and oral-history approaches. It is shown how an increasing visibility of environmental concerns translated into a higher degree of ‘territorialisation’ through their itemisation in water quality and quantity parameters. This historical evolution informs policy makers, managers and society in general, about how to address profits and environmental issues regarding current water exploitation.
2023
Maran, Laura; Schneider, Thomas; Andreaus, Michele
A Multi-Period Analysis of a Water Management Arena in the Italian Alps, circa 1951-2007: The Territorialisation of Environmental Concerns / Maran, Laura; Schneider, Thomas; Andreaus, Michele. - In: ACCOUNTING HISTORY. - ISSN 1032-3732. - STAMPA. - 2023, 28 (4):(2023), pp. 604-647. [10.1177/10323732231196939]
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