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Sustaining the ‘Good Life’: Buen Vivir as an alternative to sustainable development

Published on Jul 1, 2019in Community Development Journal
· DOI :10.1093/cdj/bsx062
Natasha Chassagne1
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Like the entire Andean region, Ecuador has an economic structure that is dependent on primary exports. During the last boom in commodity prices the (neo-)extractivist development strategy generated economic growth and simultaneously reduced inequality. However, this bonanza was not used to advance in economic diversification or for transition towards Buen Vivir (Sumak Kawsay –Good Living) as postulated in the Constitution and the National Development Plans. We establish that (neo-)extractivism i...
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The concept of buen vivir (good living) has attracted interest far beyond its source in the Andean ethnic tradition. It is being debated internationally as a contribution to development theory and has become the fundamental purpose of Ecuador’s policy since the adoption of the new constitution in 2008. There are, however, deep contradictions between the constitutional prescriptions and spirit of buen vivir and recently formulated policies that reveal a pragmatic approach on the part of the gover...
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