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Simposio 1650: "The Political Economy of Extractivism and its Socio-Environmental Impact in the Andean-Amazonian Countries" - ICA 2012

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Simposio 1650: "The Political Economy of Extractivism and its Socio-Environmental Impact in the Andean-Amazonian Countries" - ICA 2012

Simposio para el 54 Congreso Internacional de Americanistas, (Viena, 2012): The Political Economy of Extractivism and its Socio-Environmental Impact in the Andean-Amazonian Countries.

Coordinadores: Raza Werner (ÖFSE Austria - Austria); Schilling-Vacaflor, Almut (GIGA Institute of Latin American Studies; Research Fellow, Hamburgo).

Convocan a los interesados a enviar sus propuestas de ponencias (título, resumen de entre 1.000 a 2.000 caracteres, 3 a 5 palabras clave, nombre del ponente, grado académico e institución de adscripción) a los coordinadores antes del 31 de agosto de 2011.

Además, para formalizar la presentación de la propuesta de ponencia será indispensable enviarla utilizando el formulario en línea en la página del ICA.

Breve fundamentación del simposio: The extractivist policies in the Andean-Amazonian countries will be assessed from an interdisciplinary and a comparative perspective. The aim of the panels is to reflect upon the interrelations between political, economic, legal and socio-cultural dimensions with regard to the non-renewable resource management in the region. Thus, a great variety of methodological and theoretical approaches from diverse academic disciplines (economy, political science, sociology, anthropology, legal science) are welcome. The exploitation of hydrocarbons and mining are booming businesses in the Andean-Amazonian countries. The economies of Venezuela , Peru , Bolivia , Colombia and Ecuador are strongly dependent on the export of natural resources and extractivist policies stand in the way of the construction of diverse and plural economies. A new economic and development model according to Bolivia ’s and Ecuador ’s constitutional principle of good life (buen vivir or vivir bien) seems to be distant. Initiatives like the Yasuni ITT in Ecuador to leave the oil under the soil might still be rather isolated and limited projects. Despite the similarities we can also find some differences: in Venezuela , Bolivia and Ecuador a greater share of the benefits from the resource extraction are used for ambitious social policies and the role of the state in these economies was strengthened. While some scholars conceive these changes as a progress towards the reduction of social inequality and the re-gaining of national sovereignty, others interpret them as populist and short-sighted measures for securing voter approval and as authoritarian intents to concentrate economic and political power on the executive branch. First Part : The Political Economy of Extractivism in Latin America in the 21st Century In the first part we want to discuss questions like: What are the similarities and differences between the economic policies of the Andean-Amazonian countries? Can we find initial stages of a post-neoliberal development in the countries with leftist governments? What are the impacts of the great resource dependence on the quality of democracy? What is the potential for changing, i.e. diversifying the economic and development models in a context of internationalized states and globalization? Second Part : Human rights and environmental standards in contexts of resource extraction In the second part we want to discuss questions like: What are the differences/similarities between the Andean-Amazonian states regarding their human rights and environmental records in resource management? How do the tensions and conflicts between economic interests on the one hand and environmental and human rights standards on the other hand proceed in the legal and the socio-political field? How do these struggles shape extractivist policies? What circumstances might contribute to getting closer to a “good-life regime” in the context of global and national economic interests?

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Jussi Pakkasvirta - Ceisal (Helsinki, Finlandia).
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