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Development as Buen Vivir: Institutional arrangements and (de)colonial entanglements


  • Catherine Walsh


Catherine Walsh looks at how we can understand the emergence in the Andes Region and Ecuador of buen vivir, living well or collective well being, as the guiding principle for a new regimen of development. She asks if this really is a shift to new social and sustainable forms of development and what the experiment in the Andes suggests for today's rethinking of development institutions.

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  • Catherine Walsh, 2010. "Development as Buen Vivir: Institutional arrangements and (de)colonial entanglements," Development, Palgrave Macmillan;Society for International Deveopment, vol. 53(1), pages 15-21, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:develp:v:53:y:2010:i:1:p:15-21

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    5. Salvatore Monni & Luca Serafini, 2017. "A Dangerous Alliance? The Relationship Between Ecuador and China," Development, Palgrave Macmillan;Society for International Deveopment, vol. 60(3), pages 213-221, December.
    6. Joe Gerlach, 2017. "Ecuador’s experiment in living well: Sumak kawsay, Spinoza and the inadequacy of ideas," Environment and Planning A, , vol. 49(10), pages 2241-2260, October.
    7. Karolien van Teijlingen & Barbara Hogenboom, 2016. "Debating Alternative Development at the Mining Frontier: Buen Vivir and the Conflict around El Mirador Mine in Ecuador," Journal of Developing Societies, , vol. 32(4), pages 382-420, December.
    8. Jeff Rose & Adrienne Cachelin, 2018. "Critical sustainability: incorporating critical theories into contested sustainabilities," Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, Springer;Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences, vol. 8(4), pages 518-525, December.
    9. Francesca Blanc & Giancarlo Cotella, 2023. "Global urban development frameworks landing in Latin America: Insights from Ecuador and Bolivia," Development Policy Review, Overseas Development Institute, vol. 41(1), January.
    10. Murat Arsel & Sarah A. Radcliffe, 2015. "Forum 2015," Development and Change, International Institute of Social Studies, vol. 46(4), pages 855-874, July.
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    12. Salvatore Monni & Massimo Pallottino, 2013. "Beyond growth and development: Buen Vivir as an alternative to current paradigms," Departmental Working Papers of Economics - University 'Roma Tre' 0172, Department of Economics - University Roma Tre.
    13. Villalba-Eguiluz, C. Unai & Etxano, Iker, 2017. "Buen Vivir vs Development (II): The Limits of (Neo-)Extractivism," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 138(C), pages 1-11.
    14. Marina Mero-Figueroa & Emilio Galdeano-Gómez & Laura Piedra-Muñoz & Moisés Obaco, 2020. "Measuring Well-Being: A Buen Vivir (Living Well) Indicator for Ecuador," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 152(1), pages 265-287, November.
    15. Horn, Philipp & Grugel, Jean, 2018. "The SDGs in middle-income countries: Setting or serving domestic development agendas? Evidence from Ecuador," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 109(C), pages 73-84.
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    20. Guardiola, Jorge & García-Quero, Fernando, 2014. "Buen Vivir (living well) in Ecuador: Community and environmental satisfaction without household material prosperity?," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 107(C), pages 177-184.
    21. Pablo Garcés‐Velástegui, 2024. "Varieties of development: On the plurality of political economies and how to harness it," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 36(1), pages 268-287, January.
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    23. Philipp Horn, 2018. "Indigenous peoples, the city and inclusive urban development policies in Latin America: Lessons from Bolivia and Ecuador," Development Policy Review, Overseas Development Institute, vol. 36(4), pages 483-501, July.
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