Chavismo, Liberal Democracy, and Radical Democracy

Posted: 13 May 2016

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Kirk Hawkins

Brigham Young University - Department of Political Science

Date Written: May 2016

Abstract

Scholars studying Hugo Chávez and his movement are generally divided into two camps: a liberal one that sees Chavismo as an instance of democratic backsliding and a radical one that upholds Chavismo as the fulfillment of its aspirations for participatory democracy. Boundaries are not fixed, but the two sides generally fail to understand each other's assumptions or to acknowledge each other's criticisms. The result has been a less productive body of scholarly work on both sides.

Suggested Citation

Hawkins, Kirk, Chavismo, Liberal Democracy, and Radical Democracy (May 2016). Annual Review of Political Science, Vol. 19, pp. 311-329, 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2779566 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-polisci-072314-113326

Kirk Hawkins (Contact Author)

Brigham Young University - Department of Political Science ( email )

Provo, UT 84602
United States

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