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

ISBN 9781351138444
Published January 9, 2020 by Routledge
514 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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.