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Since Evo Morales was elected president in 2006 as leader of the MAS - the first social movement to achieve political power in Latin America - Bolivia has seen radical changes and continues to generate huge interest worldwide. Crabtree and Chaplain show how ordinary people have responded to the process of change that has taken place in the country over the last few years.

Based on a wealth of interview material and original reportage, the book enters the terrain of grass-roots politics, identifying how Bolivians work within the country's social movements and how they view the effects that this participation has achieved. It asks how they see their lives as being altered - for better or for worse - by this experience, as well as how they evaluate the experience of becoming politically involved, often for the first time. This unique bottom-up analysis explores the often complex relationship between Bolivia's people, social movements and the state, highlighting both the achievements and limitations of the MAS administration. In doing so, it casts important new light both on the nature of the Bolivian "experiment" and its implications for participatory politics in other parts of the developing world.

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Since Evo Morales was elected president in 2006 as leader of the MAS - the first social movement to achieve political power in Latin America - Bolivia has seen radical changes and continues to generate huge interest worldwide. Crabtree and Chaplain show how ordinary people have responded to the process of change that has taken place in the country over the last few years.

Based on a wealth of interview material and original reportage, the book enters the terrain of grass-roots politics, identifying how Bolivians work within the country's social movements and how they view the effects that this participation has achieved. It asks how they see their lives as being altered - for better or for worse - by this experience, as well as how they evaluate the experience of becoming politically involved, often for the first time. This unique bottom-up analysis explores the often complex relationship between Bolivia's people, social movements and the state, highlighting both the achievements and limitations of the MAS administration. In doing so, it casts important new light both on the nature of the Bolivian "experiment" and its implications for participatory politics in other parts of the developing world.

About the Author

John Crabtree is a research associate of the Latin American Centre, Oxford, and senior member of Saint Antony's College, UK.

Ann Chaplin has lived and worked in Bolivia and the Andes for many years. She has worked in development, relating closely to social movements and been a witness to their advances.

Table of Contents

1. Legacies of Popular Organisation and the Process of Change
2. Land, Campesinos and Indígenas
3. The Altiplano: Sindicatos vs Ayllus
4. El Alto: A City of Migrants
5. Of mines and miners
6. Of coca and cocaleros
7. Of Gas, Rents, and Indigenous Movements of the Chaco
8. Santa Cruz and the Process of Change
9. The Amazonian North
10. Conclusions

Product Details

ISBN:
9781780323763
Author:
Chaplin, Ann
Publisher:
Zed Books
Author:
Crabtree, John
Subject:
South America
Subject:
Political Economy
Subject:
Developing & Emerging Countries
Subject:
Politics - General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20130509
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in 1 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Social Science » Developing Countries
History and Social Science » World History » South America

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Since Evo Morales was elected president in 2006 as leader of the MAS - the first social movement to achieve political power in Latin America - Bolivia has seen radical changes and continues to generate huge interest worldwide. Crabtree and Chaplain show how ordinary people have responded to the process of change that has taken place in the country over the last few years.

Based on a wealth of interview material and original reportage, the book enters the terrain of grass-roots politics, identifying how Bolivians work within the country's social movements and how they view the effects that this participation has achieved. It asks how they see their lives as being altered - for better or for worse - by this experience, as well as how they evaluate the experience of becoming politically involved, often for the first time. This unique bottom-up analysis explores the often complex relationship between Bolivia's people, social movements and the state, highlighting both the achievements and limitations of the MAS administration. In doing so, it casts important new light both on the nature of the Bolivian "experiment" and its implications for participatory politics in other parts of the developing world.
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