Participation and neo-extractive conflicts in México

Participation and neo-extractive conflicts in México
26 February 2020, 5.00pm - 7.00pm
Mary Ward House, Herschel Room, 5 - 7 Tavistock Place

Dr. Gisela Zaremberg, FLACSO-Mexico*

Since the beginning of the 21st century, a wave of democratic innovation has promoted the design and implementation of several participative institutions in Latin America. In the field of neo-extractive projects, prior consultation to indigenous communities has been broadly documented. In México, besides prior consultation, other participative institutions (such as public consultation, communal assemblies, social impact assessment, participatory budgets) were implemented. 

In this seminar, I will address which are the main results from these participative institutions in relation with different objectives that communities look for when extractive mega-projects threat their territories. Based on a newspaper-review database from national and local Mexican media (2006-2019) and using probit statistical analysis, I will argue that participative institutions that are related with socio-legal repertoires of action have higher probability of achieving the suspension of these mega-projects. These results support qualitative discussions that underline the flaws in the design and implementation of prior consultation in Latin America, while assessing alternative participatory options.

(*) Research funded by British Academy-Newton and in collaboration with De Montfort University 

Please note that University of London is not on the strike. 
The event will go ahead as planned.


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