Trade and environmental justice in Latin America

Newell, Peter (2007) Trade and environmental justice in Latin America. New Political Economy, 12 (2). pp. 237-259. ISSN 1356-3467

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This article explores the extent to which and the ways in which the processual and distributional elements of the contemporary politics of trade and environment in Latin America can be understood from the perspective of environmental justice concepts and praxis. It is argued that there exists an increasingly intimate relationship between the pursuit of trade liberalisation and the achievement of environmental justice, one which is recognised and acted upon by a growing number of social and environmental activists in Latin America. Insofar as struggles around access to resources and the location of hazard are increasingly affected by global and regional relations of production, trade has an impact upon the pursuit of environmental justice, altering the rules of the game and the strategic challenges faced by those seeking to defend the interests of poorer groups in this context. Likewise, issues, discourses and strategies of the environmental justice movement increasingly feature in contestations around trade policy. They bring to the fore key questions of political economy regarding the distribution of wealth and who gets to decide this, who benefits from trade liberalisation and who bears the cost, and whose resources are being negotiated on whose behalf.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: mid:14057 dc:ueastatus:post-print formatted dc:ueahesastaffidentifier:9711630000940
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Global Development (formerly School of International Development)
Depositing User: Vishal Gautam
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2007
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2023 01:43
DOI: 10.1080/13563460701302992

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