Development and its Discontents

José I. Fusté, “Repeating Islands of Debt: Historicizing the Transcolonial Relationality of Puerto Rico’s Economic Crisis, Radical History Review (2017)

Pedro Cabán “Puerto Rico’s long fall from ‘shining star’ to the ‘Greece’ of the CaribbeanThe Conversation June 12, 2015

Sherrie L. Baver, The Political Economy of Colonialism: The State and Industrialization in Puerto Rico (Praeger, 1993).

Déborah Berman Santana, Kicking Off the Bootstraps: Environment, Development, and Community Power in Puerto Rico (University of Arizona Press, 1996).

Frank Bonilla and Ricardo Campos, Industry and Idleness (‪Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños, 1986).


Diane Lourdes Dick, “U.S. Tax Imperialism in Puerto Rico,” American University Law Review (2015).

James Dietz, Economic History of Puerto Rico: Institutional Change and Capitalist Development (Princeton University Press, 1986).

Emilio Pantojas-García, Development Strategies as Ideology: Puerto Rico’s Export-Led Industrialization Experience (Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1990).


Argeo T. Quiñones-Pérez and Ian J. Seda-Irizarry, “Wealth Extraction, Governmental Servitude, and Social Disintegration in Colonial Puerto Rico,” New Politics (2016).


Further Reading:


  • Mi santa mirada Directed by Álvaro Aponte Centeno, 15 mins, 2012
  • Progreso, Directed by José Morales, 66 mins, 2006