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