Alternative Pathways to Sustainable Development: Lessons from Latin America


This issue of International Development Policy looks at recent paradigmatic innovations and related development trajectories in Latin America, with a particular focus on the Andean region. It examines the diverse development narratives and experiences in countries such as Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru during a period of high commodity prices associated with robust growth, poverty alleviation and inequality reduction. Highlighting propositions such as buen vivir, this thematic issue questions whether competing ideologies and discourses have translated into different outcomes, be it with regard to environmental sustainability, social progress, primary commodity dependence, or the rights of indigenous peoples. This collection of articles aims to enrich our understanding of recent development debates and processes in Latin America, and what the rest of the world can learn from them.

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Gilles Carbonnier is Professor of Development Economics at the Graduate Institute, Geneva (Switzerland); Editor-in-Chief, International Development Policy; and President, Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action. His research focuses on international development cooperation, as well as the governance of natural resources and illicit financial flows. His latest book is entitled Humanitarian Economics: War, Disaster and the Global Aid Market (London & New York: Hurst & Oxford University Press, 2016).

Humberto Campodónico is a Principal Researcher at the Center for the Study and Promotion of Development (Centro de Estudios y Promoción del Desarrollo, DESCO), Lima (Peru) and has served as Dean and as Professor of the Faculty of Economics, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima. From 2011 to 2012, he served as the President of the National Oil Company, Petroperú. He is presently a member of the Advisory Council of the Natural Resources Governance Institute (NRGI) and a Fellow of the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI). He has published several books about mining, energy (oil, natural gas), international economics, and trade.

Sergio Tezanos Vázquez is Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the Universidad de Cantabria (Spain), President of the Spanish Network of Development Studies (REEDES) and Vice-President of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI). His main research fields are human development (with a focus on international development taxonomies), international cooperation policies (with emphasis on the effectiveness and allocation of Official Development Assistance, ODA), and international migration (from developing countries to developed countries).

Foreword Preface List of Illustrations List of Acronyms and Abbreviations Notes on Contributors 1 Introduction: Alternative Development Narratives, Policies and Outcomes in the Andean RegionHumberto Campodónico, Gilles Carbonnier and Sergio Tezanos Vázquez 2 The Future of Latin America in the Global Economy: An Interview with Fernando Henrique CardosoGilles Carbonnier, Humberto Campodónico and Sergio Tezanos Vázquez

Part 1: Development Alternatives in Latin America

3 Deconstruction and Genealogy of Latin American Good Living ( Buen Vivir ). (Triune) Good Living and Its Diverse Intellectual WellspringsAntonio Luis Hidalgo-Capitán and Ana Patricia Cubillo-Guevara 4 Commodity-led Development in Latin AmericaJosé Antonio Ocampo 5 Post-extractivism: From Discourse to Practice—Reflections for ActionAlberto Acosta

Part 2: Development Outcomes and External Influences

6 Socialism in the Twenty-First Century and Neo-liberalism: Diverse Ideological Options Do Not Always Generate Different EffectsFernando Eguren 7 Implementing ‘ Vivir Bien ’: Results and Lessons from the Biocultura Programme, BoliviaFrédérique Weyer 8 Poverty and Economic Inequalities in Peru during the Boom in Growth: 2004–14Javier Herrera 9 Skirting or Courting Controversy? Chinese fdi in Latin American Extractive IndustriesAdriana Erthal Abdenur 10 The Influence of Multilateral Development Institutions on Latin American Development StrategiesGuillermo Perry and Eduardo Garcia

Part 3: Social and Environmental Dynamics

11 Towards Regimes for Sustainable Mineral Resource Management—Constitutional Reform, Law and Judicial Decisions in Latin AmericaAna Elizabeth Bastida and Luis Bustos 12 Territories in Dispute: Tensions between ‘Extractivism’, Ethnic Rights, Local Governments and the Environment in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and PeruDarío Indalecio Restrepo Botero and Camilo Andrés Peña Galeano 13 The Rise of Citizen Security in Latin America and the CaribbeanRobert Muggah 14 The Evolving Role and Influence and Growing Strength of Social Movements in Latin America and the Caribbean Ricardo Fuentes-Nieva and Gianandrea Nelli Feroci Index
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