Ecological economics of North American integration: the reshaping of the economic landscape in the Santiago river basin

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Salvador Peniche Camps


Ecological Economics studies social metabolism; that is, the material and energy flow into and out of the economy. Using the ecological economics perspective, we analyse the transformation of the economic landscape of the Santiago river basin, Mexico. We discuss why the appropriation of water resources is one of the most important drivers of North American economic integration. We argue that the theoretical model of neo-extractivism can explain the dynamics of social metabolism behind the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

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Salvador Peniche Camps, University of Guadalajara

Senior researcher and economics professor at the economics department.