Neoliberal Agenda in Bolivia and its Aftermath

Neoliberal Agenda in Bolivia and its Aftermath © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/156914909X423926 PGDT 8 (2009) 347-371 brill.nl/pgdt P E R S P E C T I V E S O N G L O B A L D E V E L O P M E N T A N D T E C H N O L O G Y Neoliberal Agenda in Bolivia and its Aftermath Magda von der Heydt-Coca Department of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University Abstract Th e neoliberal agenda was implemented in Bolivia (1985-2004) with great orthodoxy and con- fronted great opposition from grass-roots movements. Th e resistance culminated with the elec- tion of Evo Morales in 2005. Th e neoliberal restructuring process is analyzed taking into account international factors related to the dynamic of the world economy in its transnational stage and national factors related to the renascence of grass roots movements encouraged precisely by the neoliberal downsizing of the state. Th is essay analyzes the consequences of the neoliberal agenda in Bolivia and its legacy on the newly elected government. Keywords neoliberalism, anti-systemic social movements, political economy, Evo Morales’ government Introduction Th e neoliberal agenda was implemented progressively in Bolivia between 1985 and 2005. Th e http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Perspectives on Global Development and Technology Brill

Neoliberal Agenda in Bolivia and its Aftermath

Perspectives on Global Development and Technology, Volume 8 (2-3): 347 – Jan 1, 2009

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© 2009 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/156914909X423926 PGDT 8 (2009) 347-371 brill.nl/pgdt P E R S P E C T I V E S O N G L O B A L D E V E L O P M E N T A N D T E C H N O L O G Y Neoliberal Agenda in Bolivia and its Aftermath Magda von der Heydt-Coca Department of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University Abstract Th e neoliberal agenda was implemented in Bolivia (1985-2004) with great orthodoxy and con- fronted great opposition from grass-roots movements. Th e resistance culminated with the elec- tion of Evo Morales in 2005. Th e neoliberal restructuring process is analyzed taking into account international factors related to the dynamic of the world economy in its transnational stage and national factors related to the renascence of grass roots movements encouraged precisely by the neoliberal downsizing of the state. Th is essay analyzes the consequences of the neoliberal agenda in Bolivia and its legacy on the newly elected government. Keywords neoliberalism, anti-systemic social movements, political economy, Evo Morales’ government Introduction Th e neoliberal agenda was implemented progressively in Bolivia between 1985 and 2005. Th e

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Keywords: EVO MORALES' GOVERNMENT; POLITICAL ECONOMY; NEOLIBERALISM; ANTI-SYSTEMIC SOCIAL MOVEMENTS

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