Political Economic Struggle in Bolivia
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- Author: Brent Z. Kaup, College of William and Mary, Virginia
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Market Justice explores the challenges for the new global left as it seeks to construct alternative means of societal organization. Focusing on Bolivia, Brent Z. Kaup examines a testing ground of neoliberal and counter-neoliberal policies and an exemplar of bottom-up globalization. Kaup argues that radical shifts towards and away from free market economic trajectories are not merely shaped by battles between transnational actors and local populations, but also by conflicts between competing domestic elites and the ability of the oppressed to overcome traditional class divides. Further, the author asserts that struggles against free markets are not evidence of opposition to globalization or transnational corporations. They should instead be understood as struggles over the forms of global integration and who benefits from them.Read more
- Connects the struggles unfolding in Bolivia to those throughout the globe over the decade
- Looks at elite conflict as a crucial dynamic leading to social change
- Written in clear prose that is accessible to an undergraduate audience
- Winner of the 2014 Paul Sweezy Outstanding Book Award, Section on Marxist Sociology, American Sociological Association
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"Passionate, insightful, and careful, Brent Kaup’s study reveals the many ways in which Bolivia’s twenty-first-century experiment in capitalism is structured as much by earlier experiences of neoliberalism and the developmental state as by aspirations for some sort of post-neoliberal future … One of the most rigorous and scholarly accounts of the Morales regime available. A great piece of work."
Anthony Bebbington, Clark UniversitySee more reviews
"… a definitive account of the past sixty years of political and economic history in Bolivia, exploring the dilemmas of underdevelopment and possibilities created by various forms of political change and popular resistance … a surprisingly evocative tale, beautifully written, bolstered by statistical tables and figures but also illustrated with photos and pithy, telling informant quotes from his recent fieldwork. A must-read … and its clever and accessible prose makes it attractive for teaching and course adoption, too."
David A. Smith, University of California, Irvine, and Editor, International Journal of Comparative Sociology
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- Date Published: December 2012
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781139628365
- contains: 19 b/w illus. 12 tables
- availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
Table of Contents
1. The death of neoliberalism?
2. Incorporation, struggle, and power in post-revolutionary Bolivia from 1952 to 1985
3. The neoliberal Kharisiri:
1985 to 1993
4. Opening up to the outside:
1993 to 2003
5. Popular struggles against the neoliberal rule
6. A redistribution of riches:
2003 to 2005
7. The zombies of neoliberalization:
2006 to 2009
8. Post-neoliberal possibilities
9. A pedagogical appendix.
Kaup: Bolivian 'Market Justice', courtesy of William & Mary
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