Synopses & Reviews
A Choice Outstanding Academic Title of 2012
This excellent book makes an important contribution to the scholarly debate on the meaning of Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution since the democratic election of Hugo Chávez to the presidency in 1998. While some scholars depict the Chávez regime as autocratic and undemocratic, others view Chávez's Venezuela as embodying 21st-century participatory democracy and socialism. Eastwood and Ponniah have assembled a collection of high-quality, well-researched essays in an attempt to overcome the polarized nature of academic debates on Chávez's Venezuela...This pathbreaking book shows that the Venezuelan experience with 21st century socialism transcends the country's borders by planting the seeds of an alternative modernity. M. E. Carranza
Is Venezuela's Bolivarian revolution under Hugo Chávez truly revolutionary? Some see the president as a shining knight of socialism, while others see him as an avenging Stalinist strongman. But the Chávez government does not fall easily into a seamless fable of emancipatory or authoritarian history, as these distinguished essays make clear.
About the Author
Thomas Ponniah is Lecturer and Assistant Director of Studies in the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies, and Faculty Associate in the Program on Justice, Welfare, and Economics, Harvard University.Jonathan Eastwood is Associate Professor of Sociology at Washington and Lee University.
Center for Economic Policy Research, Washington, DC