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The Good, the Bad, and the Contradictory: Neoliberal Conservation Governance in Rural Southeast Asia

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  • Dressler, Wolfram
  • Roth, Robin
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    Summary The logic of the market economy increasingly informs the design and the outcomes of conservation in the developing world. This paper uses case studies from Thailand and the Philippines to investigate this changing conservation landscape and argues first that such conservation governance does not abandon but rather rearticulates forms of coercive conservation and second that the particular manifestations of neoliberal conservation are shaped by the national policies, local histories, and livelihoods of recipient communities. The conclusion asserts that market-based conservation governance may constrain as well as support farmer freedom to pursue particular livelihoods, resulting in contradictory outcomes for neoliberal conservation governance.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal World Development.

    Volume (Year): 39 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 5 (May)
    Pages: 851-862

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:wdevel:v:39:y:2011:i:5:p:851-862

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    Keywords: market-based conservation neoliberalism agrarian change Southeast Asia;

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