Architechts of the world? The central role of the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank in territorial planning since 1990

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After 50 years the Alliance for Progress was launched, the policies for territorial planning in Latin America have proved to fail. The WB and the IADB, instruments of the US international politics for the consolidation of its global and regional hegemony, are its main financial and doctrinaire sources. These agencies’ logics prevail in the general and territorial planning. In the aftermath of the structural adjustments programs, with the doctrine of global governance the WB and the IADB seek to extend social capitalist relations, encouraging (semi)periferic bourgeouisies to speed up their competitive integration into the world market. The RIISA and the Puebla Panamá Plan are the territorial core of the project: they shape new export-extractive geographies legitimized with urban environmental infrastructures and a discourse on transparency simultaneously with an increasing repression.


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  • Human Geography


  • World Bank, IADB, territorial planning, capitalism, IIRSA
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)1-15
JournalScripta Nova: Revista Electrónica de Geografía y Ciencias Sociales
Issue number331
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Publication categoryResearch