This timely book explores the unique challenges facing the left in Latin America today. The contributors offer clear and comprehensive assessments of the difficult conditions and conflicting forces that have brought to power the current leftist regimes in Latin American and the Caribbean and are shaping their development. With its balanced and thorough assessment, this study will provide readers with a deep and nuanced understanding of the complexity of the political, economic, and sociocultural reality of contemporary Latin America and the Caribbean.
Steve Ellner is professor at the Universidad de Oriente, Anzoategui Campus, Venezuela.
Foreword: The Global Significance of Latin America's New Radical Left William I. Robinson Introduction: Complexities of the Twenty-First-Century Radical Left in Power Steve Ellner Part I: Theoretical, Historical and International Background Chapter 1: The Radical Left's Turbulent Transitions: An Overview Roger Burbach Chapter 2: Brief Hypotheses on the State, Democracy, and Revolution in Latin America Today Diana Raby Chapter 3: Institutional Conflict and the Bolivarian Revolution: Venezuela's Negotiation of the Free Trade Area of the Americas Marcel Nelson Part II: The Twenty-First-Century Radical Left in Power in Venezuela, Bolivia, and Ecuador Chapter 4: Social and Political Diversity and the Democratic Road to Change in Venezuela Steve Ellner Chapter 5: "Bad Left Government" versus "Good Left Social Movements"? Creative Tensions within Bolivia's Process of Change Federico Fuentes Chapter 6: Rafael Correa and Social Movements in Ecuador Marc Becker Part III: Influences of the Twenty-First-Century Radical Left in Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Cuba Chapter 7: The Twenty-First-Century Road to Socialism in El Salvador and Nicaragua: Making Sense of Apparent Paradoxes Hector Perla Jr. and Hector M. Cruz-Feliciano Chapter 8: Cuba's New Socialism: Different Visions Shaping Current Changes Camila Pineiro Harnecker Part IV: Economy, Society, and Media Chapter 9: The Political Economy of Social Production Companies in Venezuela Thomas Purcell Chapter 10: Constituent Moments, Constitutional Processes: Social Movements and the New Latin American Left George Ciccariello-Maher Chapter 11: The Good, the Bad, and the Benevolent Interventionist: U.S. Press and Intellectual Distortions of the Latin American Left Kevin Young Chapter 12: Concluding Observations: The Twenty-First-Century Radical Left and the Latin American Road to Change Steve Ellner