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Quelles méthodes d’enquête pour les recherches géo-légales ? Retour d’expérience à partir de la mise en concurrence des concessions hydroélectriques en France

Abstract : This article offers a critical account of a geo-legal methodology developed for studying the renewal of hydropower concessions in France. Drawing on an innovative research experience led on the Drac Amont hydropower concession in the French Alps in 2014 and 2019, this paper addresses the lack ofmethodological details in the geo-legal literature. It provides a detailed analysis of the protocol used to assess the interconnections between law and spatiality. It then discusses the conditions for the methodology to be robust and replicable. The case study allows for a deeper understanding of the role of law in structuring geographical objects and their territories through the framing of stakeholders’interactions. Drawing on textual analysis, the authors first present the legally defined model of hydropower concessions. They then show how transposing the European liberalization directive into national law has produced strong controversies and uncertainties. In response to legal unpredictability, local actors have adopted by-pass strategies or developed new forms of territorial coordination which now ultimately affect the spatialities of hydropower dams. Through the combined used of textual hermeneutics and discourse analysis in situation, the authors finally make a few general recommendations for the development of methodological thinking in geo-legal studies.
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Emmanuelle Santoire, Jean Desroche, Romain J. Garcier. Quelles méthodes d’enquête pour les recherches géo-légales ? Retour d’expérience à partir de la mise en concurrence des concessions hydroélectriques en France. Annales de géographie, Armand Colin, 2020, 733-734, pp.228-249. ⟨hal-02889554⟩

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