Changing Venezuela by Taking Power: The History and Policies of the Chavez Government

Changing Venezuela by Taking Power: The History and Policies of the Chavez Government

by Gregory Wilpert
ISBN-10:
1844675521
ISBN-13:
9781844675524
Pub. Date:
10/09/2007
Publisher:
Verso Books
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Overview

Changing Venezuela by Taking Power: The History and Policies of the Chavez Government

Since coming to power in 1998, the Chavez government has inspired both fierce internal debate and horror amongst Western governments accustomed to counting on an obeisant regime in the oil-rich state. In this rich and resourceful study, Greg Wilpert exposes the self-serving logic behind much middle-class opposition to Venezuela’s elected leader, and explains the real reason for their alarm. He argues that the Chavez government has instituted one of the world’s most progressive constitutions, but warns that they have yet to overcome the dangerous specters of the country’s past.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781844675524
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 10/09/2007
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.54(w) x 8.22(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction     1
The Dialectic of Counter-Revolution and Radicalization     9
Governance Policy     29
Economic Policy     69
Social Policy     105
Foreign Policy     151
Opportunities, Obstacles, and Prospects     183
Epilogue: 2007-Year of Transition to Twenty-first Century Socialism?     219
What is Twenty-first Century Socialism?     237
Notes     267
References     295
Index     303

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