A highly regarded academic and former policy analyst and consultant charts the forty-year history of neoliberalism, environmental governance, and resource rights in Madagascar
Since the 1970s, the U.S. Agency for International Development has spent millions of dollars to preserve Madagascar's rich biological diversity. Yet the island nation's habitats are still in decline. In this important ethnographic study, Catherine Corson illustrates how the effort to attract high-level political attention to conservation by isolating the environment in national parks and blaming impoverished Malagasy farmers has avoided challenging key drivers of Madagascar's deforestation.
Catherine A. Corson is the Leslie and Sarah Miller Director of the Center for the Environment and Miller Worley Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at Mount Holyoke College and has worked in the White House, United States Agency for International Development, United States Congress, and World Bank. She lives in Amherst, MA.