Venezuela: Hugo Chavez and the Decline of an Exceptional Democracy (Latin American Perspectives in the Classroom)
- Publish Date: 2006-12-07
- Binding: Paperback
This authoritative book offers a comprehensive assessment of contemporary Venezuela. Analyzing the multifaceted phenomenon of Hugo Chvez, 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 Chvez 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 Garca Guadilla, Daniel Hellinger, Jess Mara Herrera Salas, Edgardo Lander, Dick Parker, Miguel Tinker Salas, and Cristbal Valencia Ramrez