Venezuela: Hugo Chávez and the Decline of an "exceptional Democracy"

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Steve Ellner, Miguel Tinker Salas
Rowman & Littlefield, 2007 - 220 páginas
This authoritative book offers a comprehensive assessment of contemporary Venezuela. Analyzing the multifaceted phenomenon of Hugo Chávez, leading scholars move beyond his flamboyant style to focus on the concerns of popular social and political movements. The book challenges the misleading notions that for several decades glorified Venezuelan "exceptionalism" and minimized the role of important actors. After setting the historical and socio-economic contexts, the contributors explore racial issues, social and labor movements, electoral politics, economic and oil policy, and United States support for the Venezuelan opposition. Underscoring the complexity of Chávez and his popularity, the book highlights the need to avoid simplistic assessments of the past and present and offers a clear-eyed understanding of Venezuelan reality today. Contributions by: Christopher I. Clement, Steve Ellner, Maria Pilar García Guadilla, Daniel Hellinger, Jesús María Herrera Salas, Edgardo Lander, Dick Parker, Miguel Tinker Salas, and Cristóbal Valencia Ramírez
 

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Exceptional democracy?
You call exceptional democracy finding box full of votes hiding behind schools in every election and taking people from Colombia to vote in Venezuela? That's what it was like before.

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Excelente aproximacion a la realidad venezolana.
Muestra como intereses individuales de "politicos" llevan a una democracia a crear un fenomeno llamado Chavez.
Clase profesional de Venezuela
desesperada de los politicos, ve en Chavez la posibilidad de romper esquemas de poder y tratan de balancear en 1998 lo inbalanceable.
Piel de Cordero, el animal va por dentro.
Gracias por este excelente trabajo sobre Venezuela.
 

Contenido

THEORETICAL HISTORICAL AND INTERNATIONAL BACKGROUND
1
The Venezuelan Exceptionalism Thesis Separating Myth from Reality
3
Venezuelan Social Conflict in a Global Context
16
OIL AND ECONOMIC POLICY
33
US Oil Companies in Venezuela The Forging of an Enduring Alliance
35
Chávez and the Search for an Alternative to Neoliberalism
60
LABOR AND RACE
75
Trade Union Autonomy and the Emergence of a New Labor Movement in Venezuela
77
Venezuelas Bolivarian Revolution Who Are the Chavistas?
121
Social Movements in a Polarized Setting Myths of Venezuelan Civil Society
140
ELECTORAL POLITICS SOCIAL CHANGE AND US REACTION
155
When No Means Yes to Revolution Electoral Politics in Bolivarian Venezuela
157
Confronting Hugo Chávez US Democracy Promotion in Latin America
185
Bibliography
207
Index
211
About the Contributors
219

Ethnicity and Revolution The Political Economy of Racism in Venezuela
99
SOCIAL MOVEMENTS
119

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Steve Ellner is professor at the Universidad de Oriente, Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela. Miguel Tinker Salas is Arango Professor of Latin American History and Chicano/a studies at Pomona College.

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