Decentralization and Democratization in Bolivia: the story of a weak state, a rebellious society, and the yearning for democracy
Moira Zuazo, Jean-Paul Faguet, and Gustavo Bonifaz (eds)
Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (2012)
What is the relationship between Bolivia’s successive waves of democratization and historical tensions between the centralization and decentralization of its state? How has this interaction conditioned the construction of the state and the development of the idea of a Bolivian nation?
This book probes these questions using a blend of historical, political and sociological approaches. The first part analyzes the historic question of centralization vs. decentralization from the perspectives of the construction of a multi-level Bolivian state, inter-ethnic and urban-rural relations, and the development of a political party system.
The second part presents two empirical studies of decentralization in the 1990s and its effects on state responsiveness and democratic competition. The third part analyzes the more recent decentralization and autonomy reforms in the context of longer-term social and political changes affecting the country and the state.
Dr Jean-Paul Faguet is reader in the political economy of development at LSE.
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