1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook to the Political Economy and Governance of the Americas

    514 Pages
    by Routledge

    514 Pages
    by Routledge

    This handbook explores the political economy and governance of the Americas, placing particular emphasis on collective and intertwined experiences. Forty-six chapters cover a range of Inter-American key concepts and dynamics.

    The flow of peoples, goods, resources, knowledge and finances have on the one hand promoted interdependence and integration that cut across borders and link the countries of North and South America (including the Caribbean) together. On the other hand, they have contributed to profound asymmetries between different places. The nature of this transversally related and multiply interconnected hemispheric region can only be captured through a transnational, multidisciplinary and comprehensive approach. This handbook examines the direct and indirect political interventions, geopolitical imaginaries, inequalities, interlinked economic developments and the forms of appropriation of the vast natural resources in the Americas. Expert contributors give a comprehensive overview of the theories, practices and geographies that have shaped the economic dynamics of the region and their impact on both the political and natural landscape.

    This multidisciplinary approach will be of interest to a broad array of academic scholars and students in history, sociology, geography, economics and political science, as well as cultural, postcolonial, environmental and globalization studies.

    General Introduction

    Part I

    Political Economy in the Americas

    Chapter 1 – Introduction: Political Economy in the Americas

    Anne Tittor and Daniel Hawkins

    Chapter 2 – Capitalism

    Juan Grigera

    Chapter 3 – Class Struggle

    Ricardo Antunes

    Chapter 4 – Crisis

    Aaron Tauss

    Chapter 5 – Deindustrialization

    Lachlan MacKinnon and Steven High

    Chapter 6 – Development

    Karin Fischer

    Chapter 7 – Energy

    Maria Backhouse, Anne Tittor, and Fabricio Rodríguez

    Chapter 8 – Environmental Justice

    Lucrecia Wagner

    Chapter 9 – Extractivism

    Paul Bowles and Henry Veltmeyer

    Chapter 10 – Fordism

    Joachim Becker and Rudy Weissenbacher

    Chapter 11 – Gender and Work

    Olga Sanmiguel-Valderrama

    Chapter 12 – Global Commodity Chains

    Daniel Hawkins and Mark Anner

    Chapter 13 – Informality

    Daniel Hawkins

    Chapter 14 – Labor Representation

    Kjeld Jakobsen

    Chapter 15 – Land

    Anne Tittor

    Chapter 16 – Neoliberalism

    Dieter Plehwe

    Chapter 17 – Privatization

    Richard Huizar and Fabricio Rodríguez

    Chapter 18 – Regional Integration

    Stefan Schmalz

    Chapter 19 – Remittances

    Christian Ambrosius, Barbara Fritz, Ursula Stiegler

    Chapter 20 – Social Inequality

    Olaf Kaltmeier and Martin Breuer

    Chapter 21 – State Transformation

    Tobias Boos and Ulrich Brand

    Chapter 22 – Taxation

    María Fernanda Valdés

    Chapter 23 – Transnational Corporations

    Katiuscia Galhera, Scott B. Martin, João Paulo Cândia Veiga

    Part II Geopolitics and Governance in the Americas

    Chapter 24 – Introduction: Geopolitics and Governance: Inter-American Spaces of Entanglement

    Olaf Kaltmeier and Eleonora Rohland

    Chapter 25 – Authoritarianism

    Alke Jenss

    Chapter 26 – Borderlands

    Paul-Matthias Tyrell

    Chapter 27 – Citizenship

    Manuela Boatca

    Chapter 28 – Civil Society

    Laura Macdonald

    Chapter 29 – Clientelism

    Tina Hilgers

    Chapter 30 – Climate Change

    Franz Mauelshagen and Andrés López Rivera

    Chapter 31 – Commons

    Juan Camilo Cárdenas

    Chapter 32 – Democracy

    Jonas Wolff

    Chapter 33 – Disaster

    Eleonora Rohland and Virginia García Acosta

    Chapter 34 – Geopolitics

    Mirko Petersen and Dorothea Wehrmann

    Chapter 35 – Human Rights

    Belen Olmos Giupponi

    Chapter 36 – Interventionism

    Thomas Fischer

    Chapter 37 – Military

    David Pion-Berlin

    Chapter 38 – Nation State

    Olaf Kaltmeier and Mirko Petersen

    Chapter 39 – Nature

    Antoine Acker, Anne Tittor and Olaf Kaltmeier

    Chapter 40 – Pan-Americanism

    Josef Raab

    Chapter 41 – Participation

    Wagner de Melo Romão

    Chapter 42 – Political Communication

    Carlos Del Valle Rojas

    Chapter 43 – Populism

    Mirko Petersen

    Chapter 44 – Revolution

    María Josefina Saldaña-Portillo

    Chapter 45 – Security

    Lucía Dammert


    Olaf Kaltmeier is Professor for Ibero-American History at Bielefeld University.

    Anne Tittor holds a PhD and is a research associate at the Department of Sociology at Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena.

    Daniel Hawkins is the Director of Research at the National Union School of Colombia (ENS).

    Eleonora Rohland is Professor for Entangled History in the Americas at Bielefeld University.