This title was first published in 2001. The victory of former lieutenant colonel Hugo Chavez in the Venezuelan presidential elections of 1998 was criticized as a blow against the country's deep-seated democratic tradition. It is claimed that this simplistic argument fails to recognize the extent of democratic deterioration in the country and the limitations imposed by discredited political actors on a meaningful democratic reform process. The book aims to break new ground in providing unseen evidence of electoral fraud and offers a fresh perspective on the nature of democratic development.
Table of Contents
List of Tables -- Acknowledgements -- List of Abbreviations -- List of Venezuelan States -- Introduction -- 1 Structuring the Two Party System -- 2 Economic Decline and System Decay -- 3 Abstention and Alienation -- 4 Electoral Corruption -- 5 Containing Reform -- 6 Roots and Characteristics of La Causa Radical -- 7 Towards System Transition -- 8 Into the Fifth Republic -- 9 Conclusion -- Bibliography -- Index.