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Venezuelan Politics in the Chavez Era : Class, Polarization, and Conflict - Steve Ellner

Venezuelan Politics in the Chavez Era

Class, Polarization, and Conflict

By: Steve Ellner (Editor), D. Hellinger (Editor)

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The radical alteration of the political landscape in Venezuela following the electoral triumph of the controversial Hugo Chavez calls for a fresh look at the country s institutions and policies. In response, and challenging much of the scholarly literature on Venezuelan democracy, this book offers a revisionist view of Venezuela s recent political history and a fresh appraisal of the Chavez administration.

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An extremely valuable and balanced overview of Venezuela under the erratic reign of President Hugo Chavez, this timely book provides much of the essential background that has, so far, been notably absent in the policy debate. Kenneth Maxwell, Foreign Affairs

Prefacep. ix
Prologue: Venezuela's Permanent Dilemmap. 1
Introduction: The Search for Explanationsp. 7
Political Overview: The Breakdown of Puntofijismo and the Rise of Chavismop. 27
Social Polarization and the Populist Resurgence in Venezuelap. 55
Hugo Chavez Frias: His Movement and His Presidencyp. 73
Democracy in Uniform: Chavez and the Venezuelan Armed Forcesp. 93
Economic Policy and the Rise of Hugo Chavezp. 113
Subversive Oilp. 131
State Reform Before and After Chavez's Electionp. 147
Organized Labor and the Challenge of Chavismop. 161
Civil Society: Institutionalization, Fragmentation, Autonomyp. 179
The Hugo Chavez Phenomenon: What Do "the People" Think?p. 197
Conclusion: The Democratic and Authoritarian Directions of the Chavista Movementp. 215
Referencesp. 227
The Contributorsp. 243
Indexp. 247
About the Bookp. 259
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ISBN: 9781588262974
ISBN-10: 1588262979
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 259
Published: 30th April 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.6 x 15.2  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition