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Socialist Decentralization in the Andes? Explorative Reflections on Radical Democracy and 21st Century Neo-Constitutionalism
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, Institute of Latin American Studies.
2011 (English)In: Independence and Dependence in Latina America, 200 years later : International Symposium October 27-29, 2010 Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies. / [ed] Alejandro González & Sergio Infante, Stockholm: ISPLA , 2011, 7-24 p.Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In this study the processes of neo-constitutionalism and participatory democracy in Bolivia, Ecuador and Venezuela are analyzed. Since 2006, these three countries spearhead the alleged leftist transformation of Latin America and the 21st Century Socialism. How are ideas of radical democracy reflected in the new Andean constitutions and which are the likely challenges, tensions and contradictions regarding the implementation of these measures to enhance local popular participation and social inclusion of previously marginalized groups? Additionally, an aim of this essay is to applicate a relatively novel concept for the academic debate on political development in Latin America: socialist decentralization. Therefore, the study will offer a problematization of the theoretical debate on decentralization and radical participatory democracy in the three Andean countries. Furthermore, certain challenges for the participatory political projects around presidents Hugo Chávez, Evo Morales and Rafael Correa will be identified.

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Stockholm: ISPLA , 2011. 7-24 p.
Keyword [en]
Bolivia; Ecuador; Venezuela; 21st Century Socialism; Neo-Constitutionalism; Radical democracy; Decentralization; Political participation.
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-66346OAI: diva2:467549
Independencia y Dependencia en América Latina, 200 años Después
Available from: 2012-01-17 Created: 2011-12-19 Last updated: 2012-01-17Bibliographically approved

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