Popular Sovereignty and Constituent Power in Latin America

Democracy from Below

Editors: Betances, Emelio, Figueroa Ibarra, Carlos (Eds.)

  • Examines the troubled relationship between movements and the state, regardless of whether the latter’s agenda is progressive or not
  • Draws from a variety of national experiences and a variety of different types of social movements in the region
  • Constitutes a thematic text that explains how a two-track approach, bottom up and top down, has shaped the social transformation of Latin America
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This book combines a bottom-up and top-down approach to the study of social movements in relationship to the development of constituent and constituted power in Latin America. The contributors to this volume argue that the radical transformation of liberal representative democracy into participative democracy is what colours these processes as revolutionary. The core themes include popular sovereignty, constituted power, constituent power, participatory democracy, free trade agreements, social citizenship, as well as redistribution and recognition issues. Unlike other collections, which provide broad coverage of social movements at the expense of depth, this book is of thematic focus and illuminates the relationships between rulers and ruled as they transform liberal democracy.

About the authors

Emelio Betances holds a Ph.D. in Sociology (1989) from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA, and teaches Sociology at Gettysburg College, USA. His publications include State and Society in the Dominican Republic (1995), The Catholic Church and Power Politics in Latin America: The Dominican Case in Comparative Perspectives (2007), and En busca de la ciudadanía: los movimientos sociales y la democratización en la República Dominicana (2016).

Carlos Figueroa Ibarra received his Ph.D. in Sociology and teaches at the graduate program of the Institute of Social Sciences at the Benemérita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla, Mexico. His works include El Proletariado rural en el agro guatemalteco (1980), El recurso del miedo. Ensayo sobre Estado y terror en Guatemala (1980), Paz Tejada: militar y revolucionario (2001), and En el umbral del posneoliberalismo? Izquierda y gobierno en América Latina (2010).  

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Betances, Emelio (et al.)

    Pages 1-13

  • Constituent and Constituted Power: Reading Social Transformation in Latin America

    Azzellini, Dario

    Pages 15-39

  • The National-Popular Alternative and the Processes of Democratization from Below in the Andean Nations

    Velador, Octavio Humberto Moreno

    Pages 41-61

  • Visions of Democracy in Bolivia Between the Dictatorships and the Process of Change: Suite in Two Movements

    Córdova, Eduardo

    Pages 63-87

  • Movements Towards the People: A Proposal to Think of Political Subjects in Bolivia and Argentina

    Muñoz, María Antonia

    Pages 89-111

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Popular Sovereignty and Constituent Power in Latin America
Book Subtitle
Democracy from Below
Editors
  • Emelio Betances
  • Carlos Figueroa Ibarra
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-54825-2
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-54825-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-54824-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 208
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