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Alternative Pathways to Sustainable Development
Alternative Pathways to Sustainable Development. Lessons from Latin America

Post-Extractivism: From Discourse to Practice—Reflections for Action

Alberto Acosta


The predominant school of thought leads us to believe that an economy without growth is an impossibility and that the only means of achieving development is through economic growth.  In turn, this growth requires ever-larger amounts of natural resources to sustain increasing global demand, while generating revenue for the global South to overcome its ‘underdevelopment’. Reality nevertheless tells us that moving beyond this vision is the most pressing challenge of our time: to overcome ‘the religion of economic growth’ and make room for new approaches that will enable us to escape the extractivism ‘trap’. This chapter suggests to move towards a non-capitalist society inspired by the visions, values, experiences and practices of the different forms of buen vivir that can be found among diverse indigenous populations across our planet.

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Editor's notes

Paperback reference: Acosta, A. (2017, forthcoming) ‘Post-Extractivism: From Discourse to Practice—Reflections for Action’ in Alternative Pathways to Sustainable Development: Lessons from Latin America, International Development Policy series No.9 (Geneva, Boston: Graduate Institute Publications, Brill-Nijhoff).


Electronic reference

Alberto Acosta, « Post-Extractivism: From Discourse to Practice—Reflections for Action », International Development Policy | Revue internationale de politique de développement [Online], 9.0 | 2017, Online since 28 May 2017, connection on 20 September 2017. URL : ; DOI : 10.4000/poldev.2356

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About the author

Alberto Acosta

is an Ecuadorian economist. He is a professor and former Minister of Energy and Mines, former president of the Constituent Assembly and Member of the Constituent Assembly, and a former candidate to the presidency of the Republic.

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International Development Policy is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

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