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Bolivia's Border System
A Globalization of Illegal Markets

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ISBN 9781032066271
April 14, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
232 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume demonstrates how Bolivia is part of a regional border system and intends to contribute to public policies, related to violence and distortions stemming from global illegal markets, specifically for vulnerable populations.

The book offers a multi-national investigation on the changing and unknown image of the relationship systems that surround countries and, in particular, the structuring and functions of their borders. The chapters offer a reflection on how the lines of borders connect us to distant regions, which defines the real scope of the borders of globalization, while also impacting trade, labour flows and organized crime. The book reveals how Bolivia has advanced from an image of borders, built through territorial disputes with neighbours, to today’s conception of them. In doing so, it argues that underlying tensions have developed between the local and the global; namely, Bolivia inserting itself into the global system of illegal markets, thereby generating critical scenarios for various social groups.

Bolivia's Border System comprises the first research into Bolivia’s border subsystem and illegal markets. It will be a vital resource for researchers of Bolivia, and Bolivian history, international relations, security studies, border studies, and contemporary Latin America.

Table of Contents

Introduction  Part 1: History and Present of the Bolivian Border Subsystem  1. The Bolivian Subsystem within the Global System  2. Notes on the Evolution of the Concept of Borders in Literature and Politics  3. Dimensions and Characteristics of the Borders  Part 2: Illegal Markets  4. Illegal Markets  Part 3: Policies  5. Public Policies and the Border Subsystem  Part 4: Balance  6. The Border Subsystem from Illegal Drug Markets

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José Blanes Jiménez is the founder and current research coordinator of Centro Boliviano de Estudios Multidisciplinarios (CEBEM), in La Paz, Bolivia. He holds an MSc in Sociology from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and has been a lecturer at several Latin American and Spanish universities. His research interests include population, development, border systems, and illegal markets.


"This volume approaches to a new fresh conception of the Local Development Policies on the "non-physical" frontiers and helps to explain the complexity of two triangles: Informal Economy-Contraband-Drug Trafficking and Narco-Money Laundering-Other Illegal Activities."

Miguel Ángel Alarcón Conde, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha

"Works like Blanes's, which deal with the illegal drug trafficking markets, must be recognized for their personal, intellectual and social value, because emotions and convictions go hand in hand with responsibility and risk. In addition, its approach from the concept of the border system provides a better understanding of these complex problems and measures the need, importance, and challenges to face it."

Sergio González López, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México

"An essential book to understand the challenges that Latin American countries face due to the transnationalization of illegal activities."

Simón Pachano, FLACSO Ecuador