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.
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Steve Ellner is professor of economic history at the Universidad de Oriente in Venezuela, where he has taught since 1977. His many publications include The Latin American Left: From the Fall of Allende to Perestroika (coedited) and Venezuela's Movimiento al Socialismo: From Guerrilla Defeat to Electoral Politics. Daniel Hellinger is professor of political science at Webster University. He is author of Venezuela: Tarnished Democracy and coordinating editor of Post-Bonanza Venezuela, a special issue of Latin American Perspectives.Review:
An extremely valuable and balanced overview of Venezuela under the erratic reign of President Hugo Chavez, this timely book provides much of the essential background that has, so far, been notably absent in the policy debate. Kenneth Maxwell, Foreign Affairs
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