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Venezuela's Chavismo and Populism in Comparative Perspective

  • Date Published: January 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107617834


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  • Populism is best understood as a Manichaean world view linked to a characteristic language or discourse. Chavismo, the movement that sustains Hugo Chávez in Venezuela, is a paradigmatic instance of populism. Using a novel, cross-country dataset on populist discourse, combined with extensive data from within Venezuela and across other countries, this book demonstrates that populist movements can be understood as responses to widespread corruption and economic crisis. The book analyzes the Bolivarian Circles and government missions in Venezuela, revealing how populist ideas influence political organization and policy. The analysis provides important insight into the nature of populism, including its causes and consequences, and addresses broader questions about the role of ideas in politics.

    • The book helps us better understand the movement of Hugo Chávez in Venezuela, in terms of both its origins and current direction
    • It presents a new technique for measuring political discourse quantitatively, as well as a dataset on populist discourse across 40 world leaders
    • It quantitatively tests prevailing theories on the causes of populism
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    • Date Published: January 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107617834
    • length: 306 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • contains: 17 b/w illus. 21 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Chavismo, populism, and democracy
    3. Measuring the populist discourse of Chavismo
    4. Party system breakdown and the rise of Chavismo
    5. The causes of populism in comparative perspective
    6. Populist organization: the Bolivarian circles in Venezuela
    7. Populist policy: the missions of the Chávez government
    8. Conclusion
    Appendix A: the populist speech rubric
    Appendix B: test of the sampling technique
    Appendix C: test of interaction effects.

  • Author

    Kirk A. Hawkins, Brigham Young University, Utah
    Kirk A. Hawkins is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University. He is a co-author of Latin American Party Systems (Cambridge University Press). His work on political parties and populist movements has been published in several book chapters and journals, including Comparative Political Studies, Latin American Research Review, and Third World Quarterly.

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