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The gap between legality and legitimacy in Bolivia: visualising a process-tracing analysis

Bonifaz, Gustavo (2014) The gap between legality and legitimacy in Bolivia: visualising a process-tracing analysis. In: LSE Research Festival 2014, 2014-05-08, London, United Kingdom, GBR. (Submitted)

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Since the year 2000 Bolivia has experienced a period of deep political instability. This period has been characterized by presidential crises in which popular mobilization has forced elected governments to resign their mandates, massive social protests, unrest and warlike confrontations between civilians and a sustained loss of legitimacy or representative institutions – parliament and political parties. Furthermore, as the crisis developed, the state itself began to be the subject of political contention - entering, thus, into a foundational legitimacy crisis. Finally, the crisis manifested itself in the opening of a gap between new sources of legitimacy (identity, regional and class oriented claims for a state re-foundation), and the constitutional structure in place of the country. The result was the call for a Constituent Assembly. This project aims to trace the process by which a gap between legality and legitimacy – understood as the cause of the crisis - was opened in Bolivia.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
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Additional Information: © 2014 The Author
Divisions: Government
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JL Political institutions (America except United States)
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2014 14:23
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 11:09

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