Evos Bolivia: Continuity and Change

Paperback | May 1, 2014

byLinda C. Farthing, Benjamin H. Kohl

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In this compelling and comprehensive look at the rise of Evo Morales and Bolivia's Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS), Linda Farthing and Benjamin Kohl offer a thoughtful evaluation of the transformations ushered in by the western hemisphere's first contemporary indigenous president. Accessible to all readers, Evo's Bolivia not only charts Evo's rise to power but also offers a history of and context for the MAS revolution's place in the rising "pink tide" of the political left. Farthing and Kohl examine the many social movements whose agendas have set the political climate in Bolivia and describe the difficult conditions the administration inherited. They evaluate the results of Evo's policies by examining a variety of measures, including poverty; health care and education reform; natural resources and development; and women's, indigenous, and minority rights. Weighing the positive with the negative, the authors offer a balanced assessment of the results and shortcomings of the first six years of the Morales administration.

At the heart of this book are the voices of Bolivians themselves. Farthing and Kohl interviewed women and men in government, in social movements, and on the streets throughout the country, and their diverse backgrounds and experiences offer a multidimensional view of the administration and its progress so far. Ultimately the "process of change" Evo promised is exactly that: an ongoing and complicated process, yet an important example of development in a globalized world.

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In this compelling and comprehensive look at the rise of Evo Morales and Bolivia's Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS), Linda Farthing and Benjamin Kohl offer a thoughtful evaluation of the transformations ushered in by the western hemisphere's first contemporary indigenous president. Accessible to all readers, Evo's Bolivia not only charts...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9 × 6.03 × 0.75 inPublished:May 1, 2014Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292758685

ISBN - 13:9780292758681

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgmentsList of AbbreviationsChapter 1. Why Bolivia? Why Now?Chapter 2. Land of Unintended ConsequencesChapter 3. Capturing or Captured by Power?Chapter 4. "Reinventing" the State, Expanding Rights, and Navigating DependencyChapter 5. Continuity and Innovation in the EconomyChapter 6. Living Well/Vivir Bien: Government Transfers, Health, and EducationChapter 7. Land and Territory: The Enduring Struggle Chapter 8. The Sacred Leaf at the Center: Reconceptualizing Drug PolicyChapter 9. The Path Ahead Notes ReferencesIndex

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This book is a sympathetic and quite personal commentary on Bolivia’s process of change. Combining their own in-depth knowledge with extended commentaries from Bolivians who have lived this process, Farthing and Kohl explore the challenges of building something radically new in a political economy hemmed in by its own past. Their account is subtle, human, and wonderfully accessible. It is a joy to read. Students will love this book. I loved it too. - Anthony Bebbington, Director, Graduate School of Geography, Clark University