New Book: Community Rights and Corporate Responsibility: Canadian Mining and Oil Companies in Latin America

Jamie Kneen

National Program Co-Lead

Edited by Liisa North, Timothy David Clark, and Viviana Patroni.
Between the Lines (Toronto). $29.95 CDN (paperback). 288 pages. ISBN 897071-10-8

Canadian mining activity in Latin America has exploded over the past decade and a half. Investors have responded to neo-liberal policies of deregulation, privatization, state-downsizing, and export promotion encouraged by leading capitalist nations and international financial institutions such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. The result, predictably, has been sharp conflicts between the communities affected by mining and their advocates on one side, and the transnational mining companies supported by the local state and the Canadian government on the other.

This collection, the most comprehensive in the English language to date, investigates these conflicts in Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Mexico, and Nicaragua. Contributors address the related sustainable development, community, corporate, legal, and social issues. A valuable contribution to Latin American development studies, this collection will be of interest to students and specialists in the field, journalists, NGOs, and policymakers.

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