Venezuela

Venezuela

by Steve Ellner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0742554554

ISBN-13: 9780742554559

Pub. Date: 12/19/2006

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

This authoritative book offers a comprehensive assessment of contemporary Venezuela. Analyzing the multifaceted phenomenon of Hugo Chavez, 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…  See more details below

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This authoritative book offers a comprehensive assessment of contemporary Venezuela. Analyzing the multifaceted phenomenon of Hugo Chavez, 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 socioeconomic contexts, the contributors explore racial issues, social and labor movements, electoral politics, economic and oil policy, and U.S. support for the Venezuelan opposition. Underscoring the complexity of Chavez 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742554559
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/19/2006
Series:
Latin American Perspectives in the Class
Pages:
238
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.69(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
List of Acronyms     ix
Series Introduction     xi
Introduction: New Perspectives and the Chavez Phenomenon   Steve Ellner   Miguel Tinker Salas     xiii
Theoretical, Historical, and International Background
Introduction     1
The Venezuelan Exceptionalism Thesis: Separating Myth from Reality   Steve Ellner   Miguel Tinker Salas     3
Venezuelan Social Conflict in a Global Context   Edgardo Lander     16
Oil and Economic Policy
Introduction     33
U.S. Oil Companies in Venezuela: The Forging of an Enduring Alliance   Miguel Tinker Salas     35
Chavez and the Search for an Alternative to Neoliberalism   Dick Parker     60
Labor and Race
Introduction     75
Trade Union Autonomy and the Emergence of a New Labor Movement in Venezuela   Steve Ellner     77
Ethnicity and Revolution: The Political Economy of Racism in Venezuela   Jesus Maria Herrera Salas     99
Social Movements
Introduction     119
Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution: Who Are the Chavistas?   Cristobal Valencia Ramirez     121
Social Movements in a Polarized Setting: Myths of Venezuelan Civil Society   Maria PilarGarcia-Guadilla     140
Electoral Politics, Social Change, and U.S. Reaction
Introduction     155
When "No" Means "Yes to Revolution": Electoral Politics in Bolivarian Venezuela   Daniel Hellinger     157
Confronting Hugo Chavez: U.S. "Democracy Promotion" in Latin America   Christopher I. Clement     185
Bibliography     207
Index     211
About the Contributors     219

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