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

ISBN 9780815352686
Published January 14, 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  Chapter 2 – Capitalism  Chapter 3 – Class Struggle  Chapter 4 – Crisis  Chapter 5 – Deindustrialization  Chapter 6 – Development  Chapter 7 – Energy  Chapter 8 – Environmental Justice  Chapter 9 – Extractivism  Chapter 10 – Fordism  Chapter 11 – Gender and Work  Chapter 12 – Global Commodity Chains  Chapter 13 – Informality  Chapter 14 – Labor Representation  Chapter 15 – Land  Chapter 16 – Neoliberalism  Chapter 17 – Privatization  Chapter 18 – Regional Integration  Chapter 19 – Remittances  Chapter 20 – Social Inequality  Chapter 21 – State Transformation  Chapter 22 – Taxation  Chapter 23 – Transnational Corporations  Part II Geopolitics and Governance in the Americas Chapter 24 – Introduction: Geopolitics and Governance: Inter-American Spaces of Entanglement  Chapter 25 – Authoritarianism  Chapter 26 – Borderlands  Chapter 27 – Citizenship  Chapter 28 – Civil Society  Chapter 29 – Clientelism  Chapter 30 – Climate Change  Chapter 31 – Commons  Chapter 32 – Democracy  Chapter 33 – Disaster  Chapter 34 – Geopolitics  Chapter 35 – Human Rights  Chapter 36 – Interventionism  Chapter 37 – Military  Chapter 38 – Nation State  Chapter 39 – Nature  Chapter 40 – Pan-Americanism  Chapter 41 – Participation  Chapter 42 – Political Communication  Chapter 43 – Populism  Chapter 44 – Revolution  Chapter 45 – Security

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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.