Venezuela's Bolivarian Democracy : Participation, Politics, and Culture under Chavez, Paperback / softback Book

Venezuela's Bolivarian Democracy : Participation, Politics, and Culture under Chavez Paperback / softback

Edited by David Smilde, Daniel C. Hellinger


Venezuela's Bolivarian Democracy brings together a variety of perspectives on participation and democracy in Venezuela.

An interdisciplinary group of contributors focuses on the everyday lives of Venezuelans, examining the forms of participation that have emerged in communal councils, cultural activities, blogs, community media, and several other forums.

The essays validate many of the critiques of democracy under Chavez, as well as much of the praise.

They show that while government corporatism and clientelism are constant threats, the forms of political and cultural participation discussed are creating new discourses, networks, and organizational spaces-for better and for worse.

With open yet critical minds, the contributors seek to analyze Venezuela's Bolivarian democratic experience through empirical research.

In doing so, they reveal a nuanced process, a richer and more complex one than is conveyed in international journalism and scholarship exclusively focused on the words and actions of Hugo Chavez.ContributorsCarolina Acosta-AlzuruJulia BuxtonLuis Duno Gottberg Sujatha FernandesMaria Pilar Garcia-GuadillaKirk A.

HawkinsDaniel HellingerMichael E. JohnsonLuis E. LanderMargarita Lopez-MayaElizabeth Gackstetter NicholsCoraly PaganGuillermo RosasNaomi SchillerDavid SmildeAlejandro Velasco


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 408 pages, 12 photos, 1 map, 13 tables, 8 figures
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: History of the Americas
  • ISBN: 9780822350415



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