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Neoliberalism spelled an end for state forestry and the post–World War II edifice of state-led development and highly intrusive resource management regimes. By the 2010s, Mexico’s overall rate of deforestation, which had once been the fifth highest in the world, had slowed considerably. Some scholars attributed this decline to the collapse of state forestry, but this book suggests that another important factor was the depoliticization of forest landscapes that began around 2000 as foresters, loggers, and rural people began to reject the state’s authority in the woodlands. The book concludes that it was not the collapse of state forestry, but...

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