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Environmental Justice in Latin AmericaProblems, Promise, and Practice$
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David V. Carruthers

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262033725

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262033725.001.0001

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Contesting Trade Politics in the Americas: The Politics of Environmental Justice

Contesting Trade Politics in the Americas: The Politics of Environmental Justice

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Environmental Justice in Latin America

Peter Newell

The MIT Press

This chapter reveals the existence of a close relationship among efforts of trade and environmental justice recognized by many social and environmental activists in Latin America, and shows that trade impacts environmental justice efforts, changing the rules and strategic challenges faced by activists involved in protecting the rights of the poor. Environmental justice activists and groups in Latin America express vital environmental concerns by debating on equitable distribution of benefits and risks of liberal policies on the environment. Frameworks employed in analysing and practicing environmental justice initiatives highlight key issues of equity, justice, and participation in the research on environmental politics in the region. The chapter shows how associating trade policy with environmental justice reveals the beneficiaries of such a policy, and also shows which social entities and environments bear the costs of economic development.

Keywords:   environmental justice, Latin America, environmental politics, beneficiaries, economic development

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