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Changing Venezuela by Taking Power: The History and Policies of the Chavez Government

by Gregory Wilpert - £16.99  Verso (2007)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9781844675524 | ISBN 10: 1844675521

Venezuela under Hugo Chávez could be a model for peaceful revolution — or, as this definitive history shows, it could all be undone by the spectres of the past.
 
Since coming to power in 1998, the Chávez government has inspired both fierce internal debate and horror amongst Western governments accustomed to counting on an obeisant regime in the oil-rich state.
 
In this rich and resourceful study, Greg Wilpert exposes the self-serving logic behind much middle-class opposition to Venezuela’s elected leader, and explains the real reason for their alarm. He argues that the Chávez government has instituted one of the world’s most progressive constitutions, but warns that they have yet to overcome the dangerous spectres of the country’s past: its culture of patronage and clientelism, its corruption, and its support for personality cults—all of them fuelled by the attention and interference of a succession of US administrations.

"This fascinating study—deeply informed, penetrating in its analysis, comprehensive in scope—explores the historical and socioeconomic roots of the Venezuelan initiatives of recent years, the conflicts they have engendered, the achievements and pitfalls, the animating ideals of a genuinely participatory society, and the prospects for realizing them in ways that, if successful, might have significant impact not only for Latin America but well beyond."
(Noam Chomsky)

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