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Ecuadorian State-Capacity Building through Territorial Strategic Asset Management

From: Journal of Latin American Geography
Volume 12, Number 2, 2013
pp. 35-61 | 10.1353/lag.2013.0013

Abstract

Abstract:

Although territorial and economic size are important geographic factors in determining the political and economic importance of specific Latin American states, the internal decision making of smaller states –such as Ecuador– is also instructive in highlighting the ways in which geopolitics is unfolding in the region. President Rafael Correa has sought to strengthen Ecuadorian state capacity by making use of geographically rooted ‘territorial strategic assets’ as a means of positioning the state within regional and trans-regional political-economic frameworks, thereby lending importance to Ecuador as an economic and political actor in its own right.

Resumen:

Aunque el tamaño territorial y económico es un importante factor geográfico en la determinación de la importancia política y económica de determinados países latinoamericanos, la toma de decisiones internas en los países más pequeños, como el Ecuador, es también instructiva para destacar las formas en que la geopolítica se está desarrollando en la región. El presidente Rafael Correa ha tratado de fortalecer la capacidad del Estado ecuatoriano, haciendo uso de los “activos territoriales estratégicos” geográficamente arraigados como un medio de posicionamiento del Estado dentro de marcos político-económicos regionales y trans-regionales, y así prestar importancia al Ecuador como un actor económico y político en su propio derecho.



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