Bolivia: Refounding the Nation

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    Kepa Artaraz

    Publisher: Pluto Books

    Year: 2012

    Format: Paperback

    Size: 256 pages

    ISBN: 9780745330891

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How and why Bolivia's radical government under Morales came to power, and the challenges it faces.

The election of the Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) (movement towards socialism) to power in Bolivia in 2006 marked a historic break from centuries of foreign domination and indigenous marginalization. Evo Morales, leader of the MAS, became the first indigenous President of Bolivia.

Kepa Artaraz looks at the attempt to "refound the nation" which the new government has made as its goal. He shows how the mix of Marxism, indigenous liberation politics, anti-imperialism, and environmentalism has made Bolivia one of the most interesting and unique political experiments of Latin America's "red decade."

As the historic left-turn in Latin America reaches a crossroads, Bolivia: Refounding the Nation guides us through the politics and ideas which have animated this popular movement, drawing out important lessons for progressive politics everywhere.

About the Author

Kepa Artaraz is a lecturer at the University of Brighton where he teaches global social policy and politics. He is the author of Cuba and Western Intellectuals since 1959 (2009).

What People Are Saying

'A timely resource for navigating the complex politics of contemporary Bolivia' - Benjamin Dangl, author of The Price of Fire: Resource Wars and Social Movements in Bolivia (2011) and Dancing with Dynamite: Social Movements and States in Latin America (2010).

Table of Contents

1. The Economic Birth Pains of Poor Countries
2. Political Failures and Political Revival
3. Revolution in Democracy?
4. New Politics: In Search of a Working Relationship Between the State and Civil Society
5. New Citizens, Welfare and Wellbeing
6. New Economics: The Promise and the Limits of Post-Neoliberal Development
7. Bolivian-US Relations: Breaking the Stranglehold
8. Bolivia’s Place in Latin America
9. The Promise and the Limits of a Revolution in Democracy

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