New in paperback. Hardcover was published in 2003.
The radical alteration of the political landscape in Venezuela following the electoral triumph of the controversial Hugo Chavez calls for a fresh look at the country's institutions and policies. In response, and challenging much of the scholarly literature on Venezuelan democracy, this book offers a revisionist view of Venezuela's recent political history and a fresh appraisal of the Chavez administration. Both a revisionist view of Venezuela's recent political history and a fresh appraisal of the Chavez administration.
Prologue: Venezuela's Permanent Dilemma - J.V. Lombardi. Introduction: The Search for Explanations - S. Ellner. Political Overview: The Breakdown of Puntofijismo and Rise of Chavismo - D. Hellinger. Social Polarization and the Populist Resurgence in Venezuela - K. Roberts. Hugo Chavez Frias: His Movement and His Presidency - M. Lopez Maya. Democracy in Uniform: Chavez and the Venezuelan Armed Forces - D.L. Norden. Economic Policy and the Rise of Hugo Chavez - J. Buxton. Subversive Oil - B. Mommer. State Reform Before and After Chavez's Election - A.E. Alvarez. Organized Labor and the Challenge of Chavismo - S. Ellner. Civil Society: Institutionalization, Fragmentation, Autonomy - M.P. Garcia-Guadilla. The Hugo Chavez Phenomenon: What Do "the People" Think? - P. Marquez. Conclusion: The Democratic and Authoritarian Directions of the Chavista Movement - S. Ellner and D. Hellinger.