Crisis and Contradiction: Marxist Perspectives on Latin by Susan J. Spronk, Jeffery R. Webber

By Susan J. Spronk, Jeffery R. Webber

Because the late-1990s a lot of Latin the US has skilled an asymmetric and contradictory flip to the Left within the electoral enviornment. while, there was a rejuvenation of Marxist reviews of political economic system. Drawing at the services of Latin American, North American, and ecu students, this quantity bargains state-of-the-art theoretical explorations of traits within the quarter, in addition to in-depth case reviews of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, and Venezuela. Essays within the quantity specialise in adjustments to type formation in Latin the USA and supply new insights into the state-form, exploring the advanced dating among kingdom and marketplace in contexts of past due capitalist improvement, rather in international locations endowed with fantastic ordinary source wealth.

Contributors are: Dario Azzellini, Emilia Castorina, Mariano Féliz, Juan Grigera, Nicolas Grinberg, Gabriel Hetland, Claudio Katz, Thomas Purcell, Ben Selwyn, Susan J. Spronk, Guido Starosta, Leandro Vergara-Camus, and Jeffery R. Webber.

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17 Labour organisers face a daunting task in the neoliberal context. Changes to labour legislation ushered in with the nep prohibited the organisation of workplaces with fewer than twenty workers into trade unions. Far more 14 Rivera Cusicanqui 1990, p. 105. 15 Albó 1991; Yashar 2005; García Linera 2005. 16 The first time that a question relating to indigenous identity was asked on the official census was in 1976, when respondents were asked to specify their ‘maternal tongue’. The 2001 census included a question specifically about indigenous identity.

The author would like to thank Étienne Cantin, Jennifer Klein, Liisa North, Jeffery R. Webber, and an anonymous reviewer for comments. All translations from Spanish are by the author. 2 Cited in Postero 2005b, p. 133. ��63/9789004271074_003 30 Spronk Defensa del Agua y de la Vida (Coalition for the Defense of Water and Life, henceforth the Coordinadora), which appeared to overcome some of the problems associated with ‘old’ forms of social movements, particularly trade unions. 3 According to this view, trade unions with their struggles over legal contracts, closed membership, and hierarchical leadership structures no longer represent the interests of the majority of the population, especially those engaged in informal types of work.

Even in Venezuela, where the project of ‘socialism’ is most advanced, the ‘right’ to private property is guaranteed under the new constitution. 55 Based on a case study of participatory budgeting in the municipality of Torres, Venezuela’s first ‘socialist’ city, Hetland argues that under a left mayor, the local government is engaged in a project of building ‘socialism’ at the municipal level. 57 He acknowledges, however, that the local experiments in Torres with socialist production models in the electric meter factory and with decision-making models such as participatory budgeting are unlikely to survive if they are not generalised to a broader scale.

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