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Praise for Corridors of Power

“An incisive and devastating account of the transnational politics of conservation. A must read!”—Michael Goldman, author of Imperial Nature: The World Bank and Struggles for Social Justice in the Age of Globalization

“Catherine Corson masterfully shows how a conjuncture of devoted people carrying diverse interests and operating with institutional constraints came together to focus American development aid in Madagascar on biodiversity in parks.”—Christian Kull, author of Isle of Fire: The Political Ecology of Landscape Burning in Madagascar

“Corson’s remarkable multi-sited ethnography exposes the narratives and power relations of neo-liberal conservation in one of the world’s most hotly-contested landscapes. As environmental politics intensify in an era of climate change and financialisation, this is vital reading for all concerned with the intertwined futures of Africa’s forests and people.”—Melissa Leach, University of Sussex

“Truly brilliant! Catherine Corson traces the environmental story in the one of the world’s most important biodiversity hotspots, showing how international and national power struggles undermined the well-meaning efforts of conservationists and donors, distorting sustainable development objectives in the country and ignoring the realities of peasant livelihoods. Personal insights from involvements in USAID, DFID, and numerous interactions in Madagascar and on Capitol Hill enliven this gripping account. It is a fascinating and well-documented read, brim-full of challenging perspectives for anyone engaged in trying to save the planet. It is indeed an important book.”—Sir Richard Jolly, Institute of Development Studies

“From the villages of rural Madagascar to the board rooms of conservation organisations in Washington DC, Corridors of Power traces the fascinating story of conservation in one of the world’s most biodiverse rich regions. Its rich ethnographic approach shows how knowledge and politics intertwine in the framing and practice of biodiversity conservation. This is a ‘must read’ book for anyone interested in conservation and development in Africa and beyond.”—Ian Scoones, author of Sustainable Livelihoods and Rural Development

“This is a highly original book, which makes a major contribution to our understandings of theoretical debates around neoliberalism, policy formation, and the roles of international actors. It provides a fascinating and in-depth analysis, and as such this book deserves to be widely read.”—Rosaleen Duffy, SOAS University London