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From Exclusion to Inclusion: Bolivia's 2002 Elections

Donna Lee Van Cott
Journal of Latin American Studies
Vol. 35, No. 4 (Nov., 2003), pp. 751-775
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3875831
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From Exclusion to Inclusion: Bolivia's 2002 Elections
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Abstract

In Bolivia's 2002 national elections indigenous-movement-based political parties combined to capture 27 per cent of the vote, far surpassing their previous performance and constituting a major improvement in the representation of the country's excluded indigenous majority. Using a social movement theory framework, I attribute this result to five interacting factors: institutional changes that opened the system; the collapse of two competitive parties; the consolidation of indigenous peoples' social movement organisations; the unpopularity of the Banzer- Quiroga government and the intense anti-government mobilisations it provoked in 2000; and the ability of the indigenous parties to capitalise on growing nationalist, anti-US public sentiment.

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