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Beyond growth and development: Buen Vivir as an alternative to current paradigms

  • Salvatore Monni
  • Massimo Pallottino

The aim of this paper is to investigate to what extent buen vivir ("good life"), Latin America’s new concept for collective well being, can be considered a way forward beyond current paradigms related to economic growth, development, ideology and state building, with its strengths and potential weaknesses or just a new version of political discourse. In order to answer this question, we will briefly review the literature that can help to trace the buen vivir origins in the cosmovisions of latinoamerican indigenous peoples, and to connect it to reflections made in different areas of social, economic and political sciences, trying to identify the areas in which divergences arise using established approaches and frameworks. In the conclusions we’ll also try to look at the added value brought by the buen vivir towards a renewed understanding of political, social, economic objectives of the associated life.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics - University Roma Tre in its series Departmental Working Papers of Economics - University 'Roma Tre' with number 0172.

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Date of creation: Mar 2013
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