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Venezuela’s Chávez: An alternative for democracy in Latin America?

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Various studies have been published in recent years concerning the present state of "democracy" in Latin America. One of the most notable consisted of a large-scale survey conducted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). This chapter first offers some brief reflections on the various forms of democracy that exist under contemporary capitalism. These considerations are then extended to Latin America with a focus on the contradictions of neoliberal democracy. The discussion then turns to the exceptional case of Bolivarian democracy that has been established in Venezuela. Guillermo O'Donnell is an author of theoretical work that has been extensively utilised by the UNDP in order to provide a framework for its report on the status of democracy in Latin America.

Keywords: contemporary capitalism; Hugo Chávez Frías; Latin America; political transformation; tendentially exclusive democracy; United NationsDevelopment Programme (UNDP); Venezuela's bolivarian democracy



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