Gas and Development: Rural Territorial Dynamics in Tarija, Bolivia

L. Hinojosa, A. Bebbington, G. Cortez, J.P. Chumacero, D. Humphreys Bebbington, K. Hennermann

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Framed by concepts of territorial project, social coalitions, and scalar relationships, we analyze rural territorial dynamics under conditions of rapid expansion in natural gas extraction. Analyzing recent economic, political, and territorial transformations of Bolivia’s gas-rich region, Tarija, we argue that pre-existing territorial projects of a diverse set of subnational and national actors have: (i) shaped the influence of the gas industry on local dynamics; (ii) changed the scale relationships between local communities, the state, and companies; and (iii) mediated the transformation of territories in ways determined by the nature and aspirations of these territorial projects.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-117
Number of pages13
JournalWorld Development
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • rural development
  • social coalitions
  • territory
  • extractive industries
  • Latin America
  • Bolivia

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global Development Institute


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