Social Movements and Leftist Governments in Latin America: Confrontation or Co-optation?

Social Movements and Leftist Governments in Latin America: Confrontation or Co-optation?

By: Harry E. Vanden (editor), Gary Prevost (editor), Carlos Oliva Campos (editor), Edward Greaves (contributor), Waltraud Morales (contributor), Daniel C. Hellinger (contributor), Marc Becker (contributor)Paperback

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In recent years, the simultaneous development of prominent social movements and the election of left and centre-left governments has radically altered the political landscape in Latin America. These social movements have ranged from the community based 'piqueteros' of Argentina that brought down three governments in the space of a month in 2001 to the indigenous movements in Ecuador and Bolivia that were instrumental in toppling five governments in the last decade. And in the cases of Venezuela and Brazil, social movements helped to provide the political base from which leftist leaders like Hugo Chavez and Lula were swept into power by election. This wide-ranging volume moves beyond simple discussion of these social movements to address an issue that is crucial for politics in the region today but has yet to be properly analysed - specifically, what is the position of the social movements after progressive governments take power. Are they co-opted in support of government policies or do they remain at arm's length as continuing opponents? How many of the movement's demands are actually met and what happens when the government almost inevitably disappoints its supporters in such movements? This unique and important work explores these questions, shedding new light on how these social movements continue to operate in Latin America.

About Author

Carlos Oliva Campos teaches philosophy and history at The University of Havana. Gary Prevost is Professor in the Department of Political Science, St. John's University/College of Saint Benedict, Minnesota. Harry E. Vanden is Professor of Political Science and International Studies at the University of South Florida, Tampa.


Preface and Acknowledgements Introduction - Gary Prevost, Carlos Oliva Campos, Harry E. Vanden 1. Argentina's Social Movements: Confrontation and Co-optation - Gary Prevost 2. The Landless Rural Workers Movement and their Waning Influence on Brazil's Workers' Party Government - Harry E. Vanden 3. Social Movements and Revolutionary Change in Bolivia - Waltraud Q. Morales 4. Dilemmas of Urban Popular Movements in Popular Sector Comunas of Santiago, Chile - Edward Greaves 5. Social Movements and the Government of Rafael Correa: Confrontation or Cooperation? - Marc Becker 6. Venezuela: Movements for Rent? - Daniel Hellinger Conclusion: Future Trends in Latin American Politics - Gary Prevost Bibliography

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  • ISBN13: 9781780321837
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 192
  • ID: 9781780321837
  • ISBN10: 178032183X

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