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While this book is about new innovative social-policy initiatives for local democratization, its premise and findings link these initiatives to macro-level structures. The fact that the fieldwork for this book was conducted in 2002-03, during the prelude to Evo Morales's victory in December 2005, warrants a note on what this change has meant for issues raised in the book, particularly the Fondo de Inversion Production Y Social (Fund for Social Investment; FPS). Finally, the compromises made on promised economic policy reforms (nationalization and land re-distribution)under the pressure of powerful interests of corporations, the international financial regime, or the land-owner of the Eastern provincescannot be seen separately from compromises made on social-policy reform and the continued focus on social protection as opposed to social rights.

Keywords: democratization; Eastern provinces; FPS; Morales; postscript; social-policy



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