Dismantling Democracy In Venezuela
Allan Brewer-Carías (Trinity, 1985)
Cambridge University Press
This book examines the process of dismantling the democratic institutions and protections in Venezuela under the Hugo Chávez regime. The actions of the Chávez government have influenced similar processes and undemocratic maneuverings in Ecuador, Bolivia, and Honduras.
Since the election of Hugo Chávez as president of Venezuela in 1998, a sinister form of nationalistic authoritarianism has arisen at the expense of long-established democratic standards. During the past decade, the 1999 Venezuelan Constitution has been systematically attacked by all branches of the Chávez government, particularly by the Supreme Tribunal of Justice, which has legitimized the Chávez-ordered constitutional violations.
The Chávez regime has purposely defrauded the Constitution and severely restricted representative government, all in the name of a supposedly participatory democracy controlled by a popularly supported central government.
This volume illustrates how an authoritarian, nondemocratic government has been
established in Venezuela – a government lacking all the essential elements of a true democracy as defined by the 2001 Inter-American Democratic Charter.
Publication date: 31 October 2010
Added: 5 October 2010
blog comments powered by Disqus