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Afterword: From Sustainable Development to Environmental Governance

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This collection represents a milestone in the political ecology of environmental governance in Latin America. Given the enduring tension between the environment and development, its overarching purpose in my reading of the text is to elucidate the headway, obstacles and potential of our times to achieving the aspirations and goals of sustainable development, particularly in some of its early versions. Because this is a highly contested concept, and one that some of the contributors to this volume would most likely reject, I use it heuristically. It offers a platform from which to discuss the necessity of environmental governance that genuinely addresses environmental protection, social equity and broad-based political participation in the context of (largely) capitalist development; and this, in my view, is the central subject of the book.


  • Environmental Justice
  • Environmental Governance
  • Capitalist Development
  • Political Ecology
  • Governance Regime

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Silva, E. (2016). Afterword: From Sustainable Development to Environmental Governance. In: de Castro, F., Hogenboom, B., Baud, M. (eds) Environmental Governance in Latin America. Palgrave Macmillan, London.

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