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    As Clear as MUD: Characteristics, Objectives, and Strategies of the Opposition in Bolivarian Venezuela

    Cannon, Barry (2014) As Clear as MUD: Characteristics, Objectives, and Strategies of the Opposition in Bolivarian Venezuela. Latin American Politics and Society, 56 (4). pp. 49-70. ISSN 1548-2456

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    Since President Hugo Chávez was first elected in 1998, the Venezuelan opposition seems to have alternated between institutional and extra-institutional power strategies at different junctures. To help explain this pattern, this article constructs a novel theoretical framework from critical readings of both general theory and accounts of the Venezuelan opposition. It proposes that the strategies should be viewed as dialectical rather than discrete. On this basis, it finds that while the Venezuelan opposition has undergone important changes toward institutionalization in its composition, discursive emphasis, and strategic direction, close readings of opposition texts, interviews with opposition actors, and observations of street demonstrations all reveal continuity with previous rupturist and extra-institutional tendencies. Both strategies therefore must be considered to achieve a fuller, more comprehensive vision of the Venezuelan opposition; this conclusion has important theoretical implications for the study of opposition in the wider region.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Hugo Chávez; Venezuala; Opposition; Bolivarian Venezuela;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 8973
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    Depositing User: Barry Cannon
    Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2017 15:41
    Journal or Publication Title: Latin American Politics and Society
    Publisher: Wiley
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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