This book looks back over the last forty years of change and development in Ecuador, showing how macro level changes have impacted families and workplaces on the local level. Traditionally a dependent economy reliant on agricultural exports, the impact of neoliberalism and new sources of income from oil have transformed the informal and artisanal sectors in Ecuador. Exploring these dynamics using a combination of micro and macro analyses, this book demonstrates how the social relations of the sector are connected to the wider social, economic and political systems in which they operate.

The book dives into the links between micro-production and the wider economy, including the relationships between different types of artisanal enterprises and their customers, their connections to the private sector and the state, the importance of social networks and social capital and the relevance of finance capital in microenterprise development. Overall, the analysis investigates how artisans, entrepreneurs and family-based enterprises seek to protect their interests when faced with neoliberal policies and the impacts of globalisation.

This remarkable longitudinal study will be of considerable interest to researchers of development studies, economics, sociology, anthropology, geography and Latin American Studies.

chapter 2|17 pages

Informals, entrepreneurs and artisans

chapter 3|21 pages

Artisans in Quito, 1975–2015

chapter 4|24 pages

Neoliberalism in Ecuador

chapter 5|18 pages

Choosing informality

chapter 6|21 pages

Formal-informal relations

Backward linkages

chapter 7|20 pages

Customers, clients and formal markets

chapter 10|19 pages

Artisans and the state

chapter 12|20 pages

Artisan perspectives on bank credit

chapter 13|22 pages

Major issues and future prospects

chapter 14|15 pages


Theory, ideology and evidence