This compelling book offers a comprehensive analysis of the struggle for democracy in Haiti, set in the context of the tumultuous rise and fall of Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Written by one of the world's leading scholars of Haiti, The Prophet and Power explores the crisis of democratization in a poor, underdeveloped, peripheral society with a long history of dictatorial rule by a tiny ruling class opposed to changing the status quo and dependent on international economic and political support. Situating the country in its global context, Alex Dupuy considers the structures and relations of power between Haiti and the core capitalist countries and the forces struggling for and against social change.
Alex Dupuy is professor of sociology at Wesleyan University.
Chapter 1 Foreward Chapter 2 Globalization, the "New World Order Imperialism," and Haiti Chapter 3 Before Aristide: Class Power, State Power, and the Duvalier Dictatorships, 1957-1990. Chapter 4 The Prophet Armed: The Popular Movement for Democracy and the Rise of Jean-Bertrand Aristide Chapter 5 The Prophet Disarmed: The First Lavalas Government and Its Overthrow Chapter 6 The Prophet Checkmated: The Political Opposition and the Low-Intensity War against Aristide Chapter 7 Post Vastes: The Second Overthrow of Aristide and the Pacification of Haiti