Spring 2021 Conflict Series - Resource Radicals: From Petro-Nationalism to Post-Extractivism in Ecuador
Each Tuesday, the Conflict, Security, and Development Series will examine new research, discuss creative policy approaches, and highlight recent innovations in responding to the challenges of security and development in conflict and post-conflict situations.
Thea Riofrancos, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Providence College, will discuss her new book, Resource Radicals: From Petro-Nationalism to Post-Extractivism in Ecuador.
In 2007, the left came to power in Ecuador. In the years that followed, the “twenty-first-century socialist” government and a coalition of grassroots activists came to blows over the extraction of natural resources. Each side declared the other a perversion of leftism and the principles of socioeconomic equality, popular empowerment, and anti-imperialism. Resource Radicals unpacks the conflict between these two leftisms: on the one hand, the administration's resource nationalism and focus on economic development; and on the other, the anti-extractivism of grassroots activists who condemned the government's disregard for nature and indigenous communities. The analysis expands the study of resource politics, demonstrating how Ecuador's commodity-dependent economy and history of indigenous uprisings offer a unique opportunity to understand development, democracy, and the ecological foundations of global capitalism.