Date of Award
Major Research Paper
Master of Public Administration
Three Gorges Dam, China, James Bay, Quebec
This paper examines the political systems of China and Canada with respect to involuntary resettlement induced by hydroelectric projects. It uses case studies from the two countries – namely the Three Gorges Dam in China and a series of dams in James Bay, Quebec – to analyze the similarities and differences found under each system. The findings reveal that, with regards to similarities, in both countries, certain marginalized groups were further disadvantaged as a result of resettlement and the organized resettlement practices in the two countries are relatively short, although the history of dam construction is relatively long. With regards to differences, the findings reveal that the cultural and historical legacy of land for Aboriginal peoples in Canada has been given more attention than the land concerns of peasants in China, the approval process of dam construction and resettlement takes more time in Canada, and the central-local government relationship tends to be more hierarchical in China.
Liao, Qian, "Involuntary Resettlement in Hydroelectric Projects: A Comparison of Chinese and Canadian Case Studies and Implications for Best Practice" (2012). MPA Major Research Papers. 109.