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Author Brewer Carias, Allan-Randolph.

Title Dismantling democracy in Venezuela : the Chavez authoritarian experiment / Allan Brewer-Carias.

Imprint New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.


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 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  987.0642 B758d 2010    ---  Available
Description xiv, 418 p. ; 24 cm.
Summary "Examines the process of dismantling the democratic institutions and protections in Venezuela under the Hugo Chavez regime. The actions of the Chavez government have influenced similar processes and undemocratic manoeuvrings in Ecuador, Bolivia, and Honduras. Since the election of Hugo Chavez as president of Venezuela in 1998, a sinister form of nationalistic authoritarianism has arisen at the expense of long-established democratic standards. During the past decade, the 1999 Venezuelan Constitution has been systematically attacked by all branches of the Chavez government, particularly by the Supreme Tribunal of Justice, which has legitimized the Chavez-ordered constitutional violations. The Chavez regime has purposely defrauded the Constitution and severely restricted representative government, all in the name of a supposedly participatory democracy controlled by a popularly supported central government. This volume illustrates how an authoritarian, nondemocratic government has been established in Venezuela"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The 1999 exclusionist constitution-making process -- The endless and illegitimate transitory constitutional regime -- The 1999 political constitution and the reinforcement of centralization -- The 1999 social and economic constitution and its problems -- Constitutional fraud and defrauding democracy -- The reinforced centralization of the federation -- Concentration of powers and authoritarian government -- The catastrophic dependence and political subjection of the Supreme Tribunal of Justice -- State appropriation, nationalization, expropriation, and confiscation of private assets -- The failed attempt to consolidate an authoritarian and antidemocratic political system in the constitution -- The failed attempt to consolidate a centralized state in the constitution -- The failed attempt to consolidate a socialist centralized economic system in the constitution -- The irregular fraudulent implementation of the rejected constitutional reform through legislation -- The illegitimate mutation of the constitution through judicial constitutional interpretation -- The alternate principle of government and the 2009 constitutional amendment on continuous reelection.
Subject Democracy -- Venezuela.
Venezuela -- Politics and government.
Chavez Frias, Hugo -- Influence.
ISBN 9780521145572
9780521195874 (hardback)
052119587X (hardback)
Standard No. 3423356

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