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Lecture | Book Launch

Book Presentations Latin American Studies

Wednesday 10 July 2019
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden

Soledad Valdivia and Patricio Silva have recently published two books on Latin America. These books will be officially launched during this event.

Both authors will make a brief introduction about the main tenets of their books and will discuss about it with the audience.

Everyone is welcome!

Social Movements and the State in Bolivia

Dr. Soledad Valdivia (LAS) has recently published her book Political Networks and Social Movements: Bolivian State–Society Relations under Evo Morales, 2006–2016. The books has been published by Berghahn Books at Oxford (UK), as part of the CEDLA Latin America Studies series.

After a landslide electoral victory in 2006, Evo Morales became the first indigenous President of Bolivia. Morales’s stunning ascent was mirrored by the rising fortunes of his political party, the leftist Movimiento al Socialismo, which today continues to challenge the status quo in Bolivian politics and implement ambitious social reforms. This study examines how the state and social movements have impacted democratization in Bolivia, along with other sectors such as NGOs and the media. Soledad Valdivia’s analysis helps us to understand how their relationships have come to transform the Bolivian political process as we know it.

Probity and Corruption in Chile

Corruption has become one of the most influential phenomena in present-day Latin American societies. A series of major corruption scandals has seriously affected the political stability and the legitimacy of a large number of democracies in the region. Early this month appeared at Routledge (UK) the book by Professor Patricio Silva Public Probity and Corruption in Chile. This book focuses on the case of Chile which has historically possessed relatively low levels of corruption in Latin America the region. It provides a long-term historical analysis, showing the roots of Chile’s public probity already in the colonial time and stressing a series of institutional factors which made possible the continuations of high levels of public probity following independence and until today. Moreover, the book also analyses a series of recent cases of corruption which have affected that country and that have activated a vivid response from the public opinion, the political parties and the state.

A E-book edition of this book is available at the Leiden University Library.



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