Latin America is currently undergoing profound changes. The natural resource boom that underwrote much of the economic growth ended and a new wave of social conflict emerged. The contradictions of the pink tide's attempts to create a more socially just alternative to neoliberalism are unraveling, offering an opportunity for analysis of deeper and emerging dynamics.
This special issue presents recent research that investigates how organized collective action in response to mega-projects is influencing national policies and institutions throughout Latin America. The articles cover social mobilization and policy change related to mining, hydroelectric dams, oil extraction, and accompanying infrastructural expansion.