Evo's Bolivia: Continuity and Change by Linda C. Farthing, Benjamin H. Kohl

By Linda C. Farthing, Benjamin H. Kohl

In this compelling and finished examine the increase of Evo Morales and Bolivia's Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS), Linda Farthing and Benjamin Kohl supply a considerate overview of the ameliorations ushered in via the western hemisphere's first modern indigenous president. obtainable to all readers, Evo's Bolivia not just charts Evo's upward push to energy but in addition bargains a heritage of and context for the MAS revolution's position within the emerging "pink tide" of the political left. Farthing and Kohl research the numerous social routine whose agendas have set the political weather in Bolivia and describe the tough stipulations the management inherited. They assessment the result of Evo's regulations by way of studying a number of measures, together with poverty; future health care and schooling reform; average assets and improvement; and women's, indigenous, and minority rights. Weighing the confident with the adverse, the authors supply a balanced evaluate of the consequences and shortcomings of the 1st six years of the Morales administration.

At the guts of this ebook are the voices of Bolivians themselves. Farthing and Kohl interviewed men and women in govt, in social events, and at the streets in the course of the kingdom, and their assorted backgrounds and reports supply a multidimensional view of the management and its growth to date. finally the "process of swap" Evo promised is precisely that: an ongoing and intricate approach, but a massive instance of improvement in a globalized international.

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The Country the MAS Inherited When Evo Morales was sworn in, Bolivia was in the midst of what has become the longest period of democratic rule in its turbulent history. However, it was still overly centralized and poorly integrated, had been debilitated by twenty years of neoliberalism, and was reeling from years of social unrest. The economy had grown haltingly since the beginning of the 1990s, even though reserves of natural gas, silver, gold, and zinc were immense. Seventy percent of the population worked in informal jobs, and many young people fled the country in search of a better life.

Roughly 65 percent of Bolivians describe themselves as indigenous, a percentage higher than any other country in the Americas, although this identity is a fluid, social, rather than racial, category expressed in widely divergent forms. ” Despite such ex- Map of Bolivia. S. 2 Most indigenous people are Aymara or Quechua speakers from various groups who have settled in communities for thousands of years throughout the densely populated western altiplano and high valleys. Over the last two generations, this population has migrated in massive waves to the cities, and about 62 percent of urban dwellers claim indigenous identity, although this had dropped by the 2012 census.

And so hard for those families who lost someone. We went house to house asking for people to help out the families. Some people gave us some change, others provided more, and one family donated Bs. $100 [about US$15]. We put it all together and then divided it among the families. It wasn’t much, but it showed our solidarity with our dead. 59 Mesa’s resignation on June 6, 2005, elevated Supreme Court Chief Justice Eduardo Rodríguez Veltzé to an interim presidency. He was charged with holding national elections by December.

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