In this paper, I will explore the ways in which the Peruvian government supports road projects through various well-developed arguments. I will look at how authorities present and/or support road projects in different temporal and spatial scales. I will try to answer the following questions:
1) How has the Peruvian government’s arguments for improved connectivity changed over time?
2) What are the implications of such changes?
Answering these questions will help explain the government’s role and biases regarding economic development in Peru. Furthermore, answers to these questions can help us understand past positions and predict what the government’s position may be in the future. Government discourses regarding road projects are, of course, not limited only to Peru. Other countries in the world with developing regions must face similar decisions. One can apply the Peruvian case to other scenarios across the globe.
Paper prepared for the Environmental Studies Senior Seminar.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Salisbury.
Boettner, Juan. "Political Ecology: An Analysis of Peruvian Government Discourses in Support of Road Projects." Paper for Environmental Studies Senior Seminar, University of Richmond, April 2012.