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The political economy of anti-politics and social polarisation in Venezuela 1998-2004

DiJohn, Jonathan (2005) The political economy of anti-politics and social polarisation in Venezuela 1998-2004. Crisis States Research Centre working papers series 1, 76. Crisis States Research Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

This paper examines the decline of party politics in Latin America during the past two decades and the corresponding rise in what can be termed "anti-politics". It looks at populist leaders who appeal directly to the people and challenge existing political classes and parties. The author considers in particular the case of Venezuela, since the landslide victory of Hugo Chavez Frias in the 1998 presidential elections. The paper concludes that the return of party politics in Venezuela seems remote at present. Without an increase in the size and productivity of the formal economy, the author believes it is unlikely that the material base of meaningful party politics will re-emerge in the foreseeable future.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://www.crisisstates.com/Publications/publicati...
Additional Information: © 2005 Jonathan DiJohn
Library of Congress subject classification: J Political Science > JL Political institutions (America except United States)
F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1201 Latin America (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Sets: Departments > International Development
Research centres and groups > Crisis States Research Centre
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: 76
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2010 09:35
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/28158/

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