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Sistema partidista y descentralización en la Venezuela del Chavismo
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies. Latinamerika-institutet.
2004 (English)In: Revista Venezolana de Ciencia Política, no 26Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article launches some reflections on the present state of the Venezuelan decentralization process in the context of the political movement around current Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez, el chavismo. The main objective of the article is to analyze a few aspects of Venezuela´s democracy with a special focus on the political changes related to decentralization, and with the main political parties(and their principal leaders) playing the protogonic roles. From certain perspectives, the populism and power concentration of the Chávez movement constitutes a source of conflict for the democratization principles of decentralization. The links between chavismo and the Venezuelan decentralization process will be analyzed, through an historical analytical journey through the political development since 1989 and decentralization. Decentralization can in many cases be considered a type of democratization (if defining democratization as an increase in political equality). Theoretically, a mixed/integrated approach will be used, combining actors´ rational choice with more process-structural approaches, particularly the political opportunity structures theories. The legitimacy of a democratic society depends on the linkages between civil society groups and the State.

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2004. no 26
Keyword [en]
Chavismo, decentralization, political parties, polarization, Venezuela.
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-20191OAI: diva2:186717
Publicerad i januari 2006.Available from: 2007-03-09 Created: 2007-03-09 Last updated: 2011-01-12Bibliographically approved

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