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Studies of the Americas

Venezuela, ALBA, and the Limits of Postneoliberal Regionalism in Latin America and the Caribbean

Authors: Cusack, Asa

  • Enriches understanding of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) in South America, discussing its function and impact
  • Includes case studies that illustrate the difficulties which ALBA projects have faced
  • Highlights the uncertain future of ALBA
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About this book

This book provides a comprehensive analysis of the implementation, functioning, and impact of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA), cornerstone of Venezuelan foreign policy and standard-bearer of “postneoliberal” regionalism during the “Left Turn” in Latin America and the Caribbean (1998-2016). It reveals that cooperation via ALBA’s regionalised social missions, state multinationals, development bank, People’s Trade Agreement, SUCRE virtual currency, and Petrocaribe soft-loan scheme has often been hampered by complexity and conflict between the national political economies of Ecuador, Dominica, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda, and especially Venezuela. Shared commitments to endogenous development, autonomy within mutlipolarity, and novel sources of legitimacy are undermined by serious deficiencies in control and accountability, which stem largely from the defining influence of Venezuela’s dysfunctional economy and governance. This dual dependency on Venezuela leaves the future of ALBA hanging in the balance.

About the authors

Asa K. Cusack (Latin America and Caribbean Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK) received his PhD in Latin American and Caribbean political economy from the University of Sheffield, UK, and has held research positions at University College London and the Institute of Latin American Studies.

Reviews

“Taking issue with a literature naively stressing the promise of ‘post-neoliberal regionalism,’ the author offers in this book a thorough examination of ALBA’s shortcomings, based on remarkable field research that focuses on implementation rather than intentions. Without a doubt the best scholarly work on ALBA.” (Olivier Dabène, Sciences Po, Paris, France, author of The Politics of Regional Integration in Latin America)

“A compelling and engaging contribution on the ambitions and limitations of the ALBA postneoliberal project in Latin America and the Caribbean in the 2000s. With cogent analysis of sovereign priorities and a forensic embrace of technical detail, Cusack has crafted a measured, insightful, and valuable addition to scholarship on this dramatic, dynamic, and contentious period in LAC and wider hemispheric relations.” (Julia Buxton, Professor of Comparative Politics, Central European University, Budapest, author of The Failure of Political Reform in Venezuela)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Approaching Venezuela, ALBA, and Postneoliberalism

    Cusack, Asa K.

    Pages 1-25

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  • Getting to Grips with ALBA’s Brand Governance

    Cusack, Asa K.

    Pages 27-56

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  • The National Roots of ALBA

    Cusack, Asa K.

    Pages 57-92

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  • The People’s Trade Agreement (TCP)

    Cusack, Asa K.

    Pages 93-117

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  • The Unified Regional Compensation System (SUCRE)

    Cusack, Asa K.

    Pages 119-152

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Buy this book

eBook 59,49 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-349-95003-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 74,89 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-349-95002-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Venezuela, ALBA, and the Limits of Postneoliberal Regionalism in Latin America and the Caribbean
Authors
Series Title
Studies of the Americas
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-349-95003-4
DOI
10.1057/978-1-349-95003-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-349-95002-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 218
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
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