How referendums in Colombia influence the country and the citizens' future
Extractive industries (oil, gas, mining) can drive economic growth for governments in Global South countries. However, many communities who could potentially benefit refuse to support them, choosing alternative forms of development. Recently, local communities in Colombia have been organising referendums that stop resource extraction completely. Research to understand this phenomenon is lacking. The EU-funded VOTEF project aims to clarify the role of referendums for and against extractive industries and the extent to which they communicate options for development. Through ethnographic fieldwork, it will record stakeholders’ referendum procedures and communication. The project will provide a better understanding of the broader tendency of plebiscite democracy, such as Brexit, to complement institutional democracy.
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