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Sustainable development in the neoliberal periphery? The experience of sustainability politics in Bolivia 1989-1997

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This paper offers an analysis of the political and institutional development of environmental regulation in Bolivia from 1989 to 1997. Additionally, a concept of sustainable development as proposed by the government of Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada in the national development plan of 1994 is critically discussed. The conclusions drawn reveal a clear contradiction between the prevailing neo-liberal model of economic development and the possibility of the establishment of an effective environmental regulation. The latter is only compatible with national politics as long as it provides for certain extra benefits, e.g. international prestige or additional funds flowing into the country.

Keywords: Bolivia, environmental regulation

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