1st Edition

Handbook of South American Governance

ISBN 9781857438185
Published December 14, 2017 by Routledge
488 Pages

USD $250.00

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Book Description

Governance in South America is signified by strategies pursued by state and non-state actors directed to enhancing (some aspect of) their capabilities and powers of agency. It is about the spaces and the practices available, demanded or created to ‘make politics happen’. This framework lends explanatory power to understand how governance has been defined and practiced in South America.

Pía Riggirozzi and Christopher Wylde bring together leading experts to explore what demands and dilemmas have shaped understanding and practice of governance in South America in and across the region. The Handbook suggests that governance dilemmas of inequitable and unfulfilled political economic governance in South America have been constant historical features, yet addressed and negotiated in different ways. Building from an introduction to key issues defining governance in South America, this Handbook proceeds to examine institutions, actors and practices in governance focusing on three core processes: evolution of socio-economic and political justice claims as central to the demands of governance; governance frameworks foregrounding particular issues and often privileging particular forms of political practice; and iterative and cumulative processes leading to new demands of governance addressing recognition and identity politics.

This Handbook will be a key reference for those concerned with the study of South America, South American political economy, regional governance, and the politics of development.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Governance in South America Pia Riggirozzi and Christopher Wylde


Part I Governance and Development in South America


2 South American governance in the colonial period José Briceño-Ruiz

3 Post-colonial South America: 19th century laissez-faire governance Colin M. Lewis

4 Dependency theory and South American Governance in post-neoliberal times Miguel A. Rivera-Quiñones

5 Neoliberal governance in South America Laura Macdonald

6 The concept and practice of post-neoliberal governance in South America Christopher Wylde

7 Inter-American relations in historical perspective Thomas O'Brien


Part II The Institutionalization of Governance in South America


8 Governing security in South America: from the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance to the South American Defence Council Jorge Battaglino

9 The Organization of American States: Promise and limitations as a hub institution Andrew F. Cooper

10 Governing debt: South America and the IMF Pablo Nemiña

11 Governing development in South America: Between old and new challenges José Fernández Alonso

12 Governance as regional integration: ALADI, CAN and MERCOSUR Laura Gómez-Mera

13 Regional governance in South America: Supporting states, dealing with markets and reworking hegemonies Pia Riggirozzi and Diana Tussie

14 The New minilateralism in regional economic governance: Cross-regionalism and the Pacific Alliance Jorge Garzón and Detlef Nolte

15 South-South cooperation and the governance of development aid in South America Alejandra Kern and Gino Pauselli

16 China's spin on governing its relationship with South America Carol Wise


Part III Placing Actors in South American Governance


17 The place of the military in South American governance Orlando J. Pérez

18 Beyond states and markets in South America: Lessons of labour-centred development from Chile and Argentina Adam Fishwick and Benjamin Selwyn

19 A foot on each side of the picket-line: the contradictory role of labour unions in South American governance Daniel Ozarow

20 Business interest groups and policymaking in South America Néstor Castañeda

21 Democracy, pluralism and the media in South America Carolina Matos

22 Human rights activists and advocacy in South America Francesca Lessa and Cara Levey

23 Indigenous rights and resource governance Roberta Rice

24 The South American Right: Powerful elites and weak States Barry Cannon


Part IV Emerging Issues/Old Dilemmas


25 Shaking up governance and inequality in South America: a political-economy account Jeff Dayton-Johnson

26 Social movements and governance in South America Sofia Donoso

27 Extractivism and citizenship Juan Grigera

28 Governing natural resources Jewellord Nem Singh

29 Transboundary water governance in South America Marcelo Saguier

30 The drugs trade Grace Livingstone

31 Creating space for autonomous governance: South America and the global governance structural power game Sean W. Burges

32 International migration in South America: Emerging forms of governance Ana Margheritis

33 Scaling up citizenship in South America through MERCOSUR Marcelo Mondelli


Part V Possibilities and Prospects in the Study of South American Governance


34 Institutions, actors and the practice of governance in South America: Conclusion and directions for further research Pia Riggirozzi and Christopher Wylde


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Dr Pia Riggirozzi is Associate Professor in Global Politics, University of Southampton.

Dr. Christopher Wylde is Assistant Professor of International Relations at Richmond, the American International University in London