Peer-Reviewed Journal Details
Mandatory Fields
Cannon, B
2014
January
Latin American Politics and Society
As Clear as MUD: Characteristics, Objectives, and Strategies of the Opposition in Bolivarian Venezuela
Published
9 ()
Optional Fields
PARTIES
56
49
70
Since President Hugo Chavez 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.
HOBOKEN
1531-426X
10.1111/j.1548-2456.2014.00248.x
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