Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Dr. Anria publishes two articles on Bolivia and Democracy

July 11th, 2016

Dr. Santiago Anria had two articles published recently. The first offers a new perspective on how party-civil society relations shape parties and their internal politics, using the Bolivian MAS as a case study. See Democratizing Democracy? Civil Society and Party Organization in Bolivia
The second offers an interesting assessment of the state of democracy in Bolivia. See More Inclusion, Less Liberalism in Bolivia

An excerpt from the latter: Bolivia under the MAS government of Evo Morales (2006–present) has offered weak protection for liberal rights, politicized the courts, and threatened opponents and the press. While some scholars have characterized Bolivia as nondemocratic, it is best described as “democratic with an adjective“—one that exhibits delegative features, like the dominance of a personalistic leadership and weak horizontal accountability. However, unlike the classic cases of “delegative democracy,” those features are not linked to “deactivation” of subordinate groups, but rather to continued levels of social organization, expanded opportunities for citizen input through channels of representation and contestation, and greater governmental responsiveness to those groups. This has led to important shifts in domestic power relations.