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Dismantling Democracy in Venezuela: The Chavez Authoritarian Experiment
This book examines the process of dismantling the democratic institutions and protections in Venezuela under the Hugo Chavez regime. The actions of the Chavez government have influenced similar processes and undemocratic maneuverings in Ecuador, Bolivia, and Honduras. Since the election of Hugo Chavez as president of Venezuela in 1998, a sinister form of nationalistic auth ...more
Paperback, 418 pages
Published June 8th 2015 by Cambridge University Press
(first published September 20th 2010)
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In 1998, Hugo Chávez ran for the Venezuelan presidency on a promise to “re-found” the republic. His pitch to the nation stressed a particular understanding of popular sovereignty. Sovereignty, Chávez stressed repeatedly in his legendarily long-winded speeches, belongs to the people, who place it temporarily in the trust of a particular set of governing institutions. The people can, by the same token, take it back at any time and exercise it directly, by means of the vote. Read more...