The Impact of Rural Electrification on Deforestation and Soil Fertility Public Deposited

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  • Deforestation and loss of soil fertility are two forms of environmental degradation with global importance. Theories of environmental degradation commonly cited in public and academic discourse have historically emphasized the role of human populations and national economic development as being the primary drivers of environmental damage. This thesis utilizes quantitative techniques and a dataset with global scope to assess evidence supporting a different hypothesis: that lack of access to basic electric services in rural areas is a key explanatory factor in assessing deforestation and soil fertility loss. This hypothesis is drawn from the intellectual tradition of political ecology, which emphasizes the material conditions faced by people constrained by exploitative political economic systems, siting the penultimate driver of environmental destruction under the purview of global systems of power, economic and cultural in nature. This thesis seeks to meld the insights of political ecology with contemporary research standards in comparative politics to identify an alternative to environmental policies, which focus on market expansion or population control as means to mitigate environmental degradation.
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