My research in Argentina, Bolivia, and Brazil investigates whether the ascendance to power of progressive governments supported by rural social movements created ‘post-neoliberal’ alternatives for implementing agrarian development towards social justice, or whether, on the contrary, they too continue with the reproduction of neoliberalism. My work illustrates the inherent contradictions embedded in ‘post-neoliberal’ policies between extractive agrarian capitalism and the use of neoliberal governance strategies on one side, and state goals to generate distributive and socially inclusive development on the other. It also shows how progressive reforms are recast and used for different ends as these interact with existing state structures and institutions, and powerful actors such as local and transnational elites and popular movements. Some of these structures and actors facilitate progress while others hinder it.


  • Córdoba, D. Selfa, T., Abrams, J. and Sombra, D. (2019) Family Farming, Agribusiness and the State: Building consent around oil palm expansion in post-neoliberal Brazil. Journal of Rural Studies 57, 147-156 [PDF]
  • Córdoba, D., Chiappe, M. Abrams, J., and Selfa T. (2018)  Fueling social inclusion? Neo-extractivism, state-society relations and biofuel policies in Latin America’s Southern Cone. Development and Change, 41 (9) [PDF]
  • Córdoba, D. (2017)  Politicization, participation and innovation: Socializing agricultural research in Bolivia. Apuntes 81, 131-160. Special Issue in Science and Technology in Latin America. [PDF]
  • Córdoba, D., Jansen, K., and González, C. (2017) Empowerment through articulations between post-neoliberal politics and neoliberalism: value chain alliances in Bolivia. Canadian Journal of Development Studies, 38 (1). [PDF]  
  • Tejada, G., Dalla-Nora, E., Córdoba, D., Lafortezza, R., Ovando, A., Assis, T., and Aguiar, A. (2016) Deforestation scenarios for the Bolivian lowlands. Environmental Research, 144, 49-63.
  • Córdoba, D. and Jansen, K. (2016) Realigning the political and the technical: NGOs and the politicization of agrarian development in Bolivia. European Journal of Development Research, 28 (3) 447–464 [PDF]
  • Córdoba, D. and Jansen, K. (2014) The Malleability of participation: The politics of agricultural research under neoliberalism in Bolivia. Development and Change, 45 (6), 1284-1309. [PDF]
  • Córdoba, D. and Jansen, K. (2013) The Return of the State: Neocollectivism, Agrarian Politics and Images of Technological Progress in the MAS Era in Bolivia.
  • Journal of Agrarian Change, 14: 480–500. [PDF]

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