Participation without deliberation: The crisis of Venezuelan democracy

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    The legacy of Hugo Chavez is contentious. Some lament the deterioration of Venezuelan democracy from one of Latin America's most stable political systems to a populist authoritarian regime. Others celebrate Chavez's participatory project of institutionalizing structures for community-driven development, redistributing oil wealth through welfare policies, and creating a political party closely linked to mass movements. This article provides an alternative assessment of Venezuela's democratic quality by drawing on deliberative democratic theory. I argue that Chavez's participatory project is incomplete because it fails to create structures for deliberative politics. Without these mechanisms, Venezuela remains vulnerable to crises brought about by ?uncivil action,? such as military coups and violent protests, making deliberation an important component in averting crises in democratizing polities.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)113-121
    Number of pages9
    JournalDemocratic Theory
    Volume1
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2014

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