The Revolution in Venezuela: Social and Political Change under Chávez

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Is Venezuela?s Bolivarian revolution under Hugo Ch?vez truly revolutionary? Most books and articles tend to view the Ch?vez government in an either-or fashion. Some see the president as the shining knight of twenty-first-century socialism, while others see him as an avenging Stalinist strongman. Despite passion on both sides, the Ch?vez government does not fall easily into a seamless fable of emancipatory or authoritarian history, as these essays make clear.

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Is Venezuela’s Bolivarian revolution under Hugo Chávez truly revolutionary? Most books and articles tend to view the Chávez government in an either-or fashion. Some see the president as the shining knight of twenty-first-century socialism, while others see him as an avenging Stalinist strongman. Despite passion on both sides, the Chávez government does not fall easily into a seamless fable of emancipatory or authoritarian history, as these essays make clear.

A range of distinguished authors consider the nature of social change in contemporary Venezuela and explore a number of themes that help elucidate the sources of the nation’s political polarization. The chapters range from Fernando Coronil’s “Bolivarian Revolution,” which examines the relationship between the state’s social body (its population) and its natural body (its oil reserves), to an insightful look at women’s rights by Cathy A. Rakowski and Gioconda Espina. This volume shows that, while the future of the national process is unclear, the principles elaborated by the Chávez government are helping articulate a new Latin American left.

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This excellent book makes an important contribution to the scholarly debate on the meaning of Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution since the democratic election of Hugo Chávez to the presidency in 1998. While some scholars depict the Chávez regime as autocratic and undemocratic, others view Chávez's Venezuela as embodying 21st-century participatory democracy and socialism. Eastwood and Ponniah have assembled a collection of high-quality, well-researched essays in an attempt to overcome the polarized nature of academic debates on Chávez's Venezuela...This pathbreaking book shows that the Venezuelan experience with 21st century socialism transcends the country's borders by planting the seeds of an alternative modernity.
— M. E. Carranza

Choice - M. E. Carranza
This excellent book makes an important contribution to the scholarly debate on the meaning of Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution since the democratic election of Hugo Chávez to the presidency in 1998. While some scholars depict the Chávez regime as autocratic and undemocratic, others view Chávez's Venezuela as embodying 21st-century participatory democracy and socialism. Eastwood and Ponniah have assembled a collection of high-quality, well-researched essays in an attempt to overcome the polarized nature of academic debates on Chávez's Venezuela...This pathbreaking book shows that the Venezuelan experience with 21st century socialism transcends the country's borders by planting the seeds of an alternative modernity.
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Meet the Author

Thomas Ponniah is Lecturer and Assistant Director of Studies in the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies, and Faculty Associate in the Program on Justice, Welfare, and Economics, Harvard University.

Jonathan Eastwood is Associate Professor of Sociology at Washington and Lee University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Introduction: The Revolution in Venezuela Jonathan Eastwood 1

Part I State/Society Relations

1 State Reflections: The 2002 Coup against Hugo Chávez Fernando Coronil 37

2 Why Polarize? Advantages and Disadvantages of a Rational-Choice Analysis of Government-Opposition Relations under Hugo Chávez Javier Corrales 67

3 Venezuela's Experiment in Participatory Democracy Gregory Wilpert 99

4 Venezuela's Presidential Elections of 2006: Toward 21st Century Socialism? Margarita López-Maya Luis E. Lander 131

Part II The Bolivarian Project

5 Advancing Women's Rights from Inside and Outside the Bolivarian Revolution, 1998-2010 Cathy A. Rakowski Gioconda Espina 155

6 Venezuela in the Chávez Years: Its Economy and Influence on the Region Mark Weisbrot 193

7 History Is Not Over: The Bolivarian Revolution, "Barrio Adentro," and Health Care in Venezuela Carles Muntaner Haejoo Chung Qamar Mahmood Francisco Armada 225

8 The New Balancing Act: International Relations Theory and Venezuela's Foreign Policy Mark Eric Williams 257

Conclusion: The Conceptual Revolution in Venezuela Thomas Ponniah 279

Bibliography 299

Editors and Contributors 337

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