Colonization: Paraguay

  • Mariano Turzi


Paraguay exhibits a dire pattern of dual economies, where indigenous and landless peasants are systematically marginalized. The soybean model of production is secured institutional capture from private economic interests. In this case, there is a coalition of colonizing interests: MNCs and Brazilian and brasiguayo—Brazilian settlers in Paraguay and their descendants—landowners, overwhelmingly supported by the Paraguayan landlords. Although the formal structure is that of a unitary state, the agricultural sector has achieved de facto decentralization by state capture. Taking advantage of power asymmetries and weak initial institutional conditions, there has been colonization by particular and foreign interests. These are the determining factors of the political economy coalitions during the Lugo and Cartes administration.


Agriculture Agribusiness International political economy Latin America Soybeans Paraguay Brasiguayos Lugo Cartes 


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  • Mariano Turzi
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  1. 1.Universidad Torcuato Di TellaBuenos AiresArgentina

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