In power for 13 years, Chávez’s populist agenda has provoked much debate internationally, as he continues to pursue his unique brand of socialism. Winning the election with 54.4% of the vote, Chávez will now enjoy a strong democratic mandate until 2018, giving him another six years in office. Populism in Venezuela analyses this left-wing populist regime, providing a descriptive and analytical account of problems on both sides of this deeply polarised society.
Despite significant steps away from democratic rule, a struggling economy and an increasing gap between rich and poor, Chávez appears to have the support of the people. And Venezuela is an oil-rich country – a fact which has clearly not escaped the international community. Given this victory, the big question is how this will affect the future of U.S.-Venezuela relations. Since coming to power in 1999, Chávez has dramatically changed his country’s relations with the United States and other democracies. There has been increasing bilateral conflict and divisive changes in the country’s approach to key issues in recent years, all of which suggest that Chávez’s re-election could prove an important turning point for Venezuela’s international relationships.
The response of US state department spokesman William Ostick speaks volumes, as he congratulated ‘the Venezuelan people for the high turnout and generally peaceful manner in which this election was carried out’. Many will be waiting to see the effect that this result has on an already strained relationship.
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Coping with Midlevel Security Threats
Series: Contemporary Inter-American Relations
Oil makes up one-third of Venezuela's entire GDP, and the United States is far and away Venezuela's largest trading partner. Relations between Venezuela and the United States, traditionally close for most of the last two centuries, began to fray as the end of the Cold War altered the international...
Published October 5th 2012 by Routledge
Series: Routledge Studies in Latin American Politics
Populism in Venezuela analyses the emergence, formation, reproduction and resistance to a left-wing populist project in a major world oil producer.
For readers who seek to understand the historical, economical and sociological contexts that gave rise to a 38 year-old mestizo-mulato Lieutenant...
Published October 18th 2012 by Routledge