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Hydropolitics – The Itaipu Dam, Sovereignty, and the Engineering of Modern South America - Princeton Scholarship Online
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Hydropolitics: The Itaipu Dam, Sovereignty, and the Engineering of Modern South America

Christine Folch


This book is a ground-breaking investigation of the world's largest power plant and the ways the energy we use shapes politics and economics. Itaipu Binational Hydroelectric Dam straddles the Paraná River border that divides the two countries that equally co-own the dam, Brazil and Paraguay. It generates the carbon-free electricity that powers industry in both the giant of South America and one of the smallest economies of the region. The book reveals how Paraguayans harness the dam to engineer wealth, power, and sovereignty, demonstrating how energy capture influences social structures. Durin ... More

Keywords: power plant, energy, Itaipu Binational Hydroelectric Dam, carbon-free electricity, wealth, power, development, governance, prosperity, renewable energy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780691186603
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691186603.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christine Folch, author
Duke University

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