Socovando el Desarrollo Sostenible: Elites y la captura del estado en Paraguay

Translated title of the contribution: Undermining Sustainable Development: : Elites and state capture in Paraguay

Peter Lambert, Andrew Nickson

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Abstract: This article examines Paraguay’s lack of progress in meeting the UN Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs) through the conceptual framework of state capture. The article
analyses aspects of three inter-linked SDGs: i) climate action and environmental protection,
ii) inequality, and iii) peace, justice and strong institutions, focusing on personal
security. These examples suggest two things: first, that the current model of economic development
is unsustainable in economic, social and environmental terms, is based almost
exclusively on the interests of a small elite and runs counter to the national interest; and
second, that progress in meeting the SDGs is undermined by state capture and the influence
of these elites who have blocked, delayed and watered-down reforms and policies that
might threaten their interests but are essential to inclusive development in the country.
In this sense, state capture undermines sustainable development, national security and
democratic governance.
Translated title of the contributionUndermining Sustainable Development: : Elites and state capture in Paraguay
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)9-36
Number of pages27
JournalRevista Paraguaya de Estudios Politicos Contemporaneos (Novapolis)
Publication statusPublished - 4 Feb 2024


  • Sustainability
  • state capture
  • paraguay
  • elites
  • Latin American politics

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