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Who Speaks for Nature? – Indigenous Movements, Public Opinion, and the Petro-State in Ecuador - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Who Speaks for Nature?: Indigenous Movements, Public Opinion, and the Petro-State in Ecuador

Todd A. Eisenstadt and Karleen Jones West


Parting from conventional social science arguments that people speak for the ethnic groups they represent or for social or class-based groups, this study argues that attitudes of Ecuador’s Amazon citizens are shaped by environmental vulnerability, and specifically exposure to environmental degradation. Using results of a nationwide survey to demonstrate that vulnerability matters in determining environmental attitudes of respondents, the authors argue that groups might have more success mobilizing on behalf of the environment through geographically based “polycentric rights,” rather than throu ... More

Keywords: environmental politics, nature, Ecuador, Latin American politics, sustainable development, extractive conflict, indigenous rights movements, Amazon conservation, Andean cosmovision, climate change

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190908959
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190908959.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Todd A. Eisenstadt, author
Professor of Government, American University

Karleen Jones West, author
Assistant Professor of Political Science, SUNY Geneseo