Javier Arellano-Yanguas y María del Pilar Bernal-Gómez (2017) Partnerships for development in the extractive sector: protecting subterranean interests? Journal of Environmental policy & planning

Partnerships for Development (PfD) is the antidote that extractive industries have used over the last decade to counteract the proliferation of conflicts with local communities. Normatively, the concept of ‘partnership’ positions companies as actors on an equal footing with others in their attempts to collaborate to achieve development outcomes. This article analyses how the PfD strategy has been crafted and implemented in the extractive sector and assess its potential to contribute significantly to local development. Using the Foucauldian framework on power/knowledge and genealogy, we explain how, in a relatively shorttime, the interaction between context, preexisting discourses, and actors’ interests shaped the PfD discourse and made it famous. The second part of the paper goes beyond the normative conceptualisation and analyses the implementation of PfD through the case studies of the Antamina copper mine in Peru and the Pacific Rubiales oil operation in Colombia. The companies use the PfD discourse to advance their interest vis-à-vis the different stakeholders, minimising the risk of conflicts and cultivating their reputation. These companies resort to the fragmentation of bargaining spaces and rely on the legitimacy provided by paid experts. The result is that PfD has limited capacity to promote local sustainable development.

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About Javier Arellano 2 Articles
Es profesor, investigador y actualmente director del Centro de Ética Aplicada de la Universidad de Deusto. Durante los últimos años su trabajo se centra en la gobernanza de recursos naturales, conflictos sociales, procesos de descentralización, papel político de la sociedad civil y los movimientos sociales y la relación entre políticas fiscales y desarrollo. La mayor parte de este trabajo de investigación lo realiza en el nivel subnacional, fundamentalmente en los países andinos. Tiene experiencia de trabajo en la promoción de procesos de desarrollo en varios países de América Latina e India. Entre 1996 y 2006 fue director de Alboan y en los últimos años ha trabajado también como consultor para diversas instituciones internacionales.

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