“The Bolivia of Evo Morales and the MAS: achievements and challenges” – LASC, Bolivia Information Forum UK and Venezuela Ireland Network: Fri 4th November October 31, 2011Posted by WorldbyStorm in Economy, International Politics, The Left.
LASC, Bolivia Information Forum UK and Venezuela Ireland Network
Present a talk by : Dr John Crabtree, Oxford University Latin America Centre.
“The Bolivia of Evo Morales and the MAS: achievements and challenges”
The election of Evo Morales and the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) party in Bolivia is leading to a transformation of the country. The constitution has been re-written and Bolivia re-founded as a “Plurinational State”; the government has taken control of natural resources, including gas and oil, and is spending increased income on social programmes to benefit Bolivia’s poorest groups. Indigenous people are now participating at the highest levels of office and women are playing a key role in public administration.
Morales was re-elected in 2009 with an increased majority and a mandate to push forward with reforms. However, his government is now facing a number of key questions and conflicting demands: how to develop economically while protecting the environment and indigenous ways of life? How to meet the demands of powerful social movements as they defend the interests of their members? How to diversify the Bolivian economy beyond reliance on a handful of raw materials?
Dr John Crabtree is Research Associate in Latin American politics St Antony’s College specialising in the Andean region. His recent publications include “Unresolved Tensions: Bolivia Past and Present” (2008, edited with Laurence Whitehead) and “Patterns of Protest: Politics and Social Movements in Bolivia” (2005).
Followed by Questions and Answers
with: Alex Tilley MA, Coordinator Bolivia Information Forum UK
at: The Ireland Institute, The Pearse Centre, 27 Pearse Street, Dublin 2
when: Fri 4th November