Venezuela: The Politics of Barricades
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.
This lecture seeks to explain why Venezuela, the country that has experienced the most spectacular economic windfall in Latin America from 2003 to 2011, is today in one of the worst political crises in the region and one of the worst economic crises in the world. It confronts the question of how “new” is the “new Venezuela” after Hugo Chavez.
This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Constance and Rose Ganoe Memorial Fund for Inspirational Teaching, courtesy of Professor J. Mark Ruhl and by the Department of Latin American Studies.
Biography (provided by the speaker)
Javier Corrales is professor of political science at Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts. He is currently working on the second edition of his co-authored book with Michael Penfold, Dragon in the Tropics: Hugo Chávez and the Political Economy of Revolution in Venezuela (Brookings Institution Press, 2011). In addition, he is working on a book project on constitutional assemblies and presidential powers in Latin America. Corrales is also the co-author with Daniel Altschuler of The Promise of Participation: Experiments in Participatory Governance in Honduras and Guatemala (Palgrave Macmillan 2013), and with Carlos Romero of U.S.-Venezuela Relations: Coping with Midlevel Security Threats (Routledge, 2013). He is the co-editor with Mario Pecheny of The Politics of Sexuality in Latin America (University of Pittsburgh Press 2010). He serves on the editorial board of Latin American Politics and Society and Americas Quarterly.
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