Fulfilling promises of more substantive democracy? Post-neoliberalism and natural resource governance in South America

Siegel, K. M. (2016) Fulfilling promises of more substantive democracy? Post-neoliberalism and natural resource governance in South America. Development and Change, 47(3), pp. 495-516. (doi:10.1111/dech.12234)

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Benefiting from the commodity boom, progressive governments across South America have sought to move away from the neoliberal policies adopted previously by strengthening the role of the state and using revenues from commodity exports to address social concerns. This approach, often called neo-extractivism, has become the main development strategy over the past 15 years. Yet, the increasingly intensive and extensive natural resource exploitation underlying this development strategy has also led to multiple protests and contestations across South America. This article thus examines the relationship between neo-extractivism as a development strategy and the quality of democracy under progressive governments in South America. On the one hand, neo-extractivism has allowed states to become more inclusive by paying attention to social concerns which in turn has been an important element in the legitimacy of progressive governments. On the other hand, the reliance on neo-extractivism as the main development strategy poses important constraints on the ability of post-neoliberal states to build more substantive democracies which could take into account a variety of positions, give citizens a say in decisions directly affecting their livelihoods and promote public debates on key questions confronting society.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Siegel, Dr Karen
Authors: Siegel, K. M.
Subjects:G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences
Journal Name:Development and Change
ISSN (Online):1467-7660
Published Online:06 April 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Wiley
First Published:First published in Development and Change 47(3):495-516
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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