By Hector Escalante / Javier Biardeau – Correo del Orinoco International , Nov 30th 2012
Javier Biardeau, Professor of Sociology at the Central University of Venezuela (UCV), analyses the what the debate underway over Hugo Chavez’s Socialist Plan of the Nation means for democracy in Venezuela.
Carlos Ciappina, secretary of the Journalism and Social Communication School of the National University of La Plata, Argentina, explains why the school decided to award Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez a prize for popular communication in 2011, and discusses democratisation of media in Latin American more generally.
By Luigino Bracci - El Espacio De Lubrio, Nov 13th 2012
Venezuelan blogger and journalist Luigino Bracci analyzes the significance of electoral trends and why support for the opposition has grown faster than support for Chavez in recent years. He argues that if current trends continue, the opposition will win the presidency in 2018.
By Ryan Mallett-Outtrim – Green Left Weekly , Nov 12th 2012
One notable lesson the US could learn from Venezuela is that democracy works best when it isn't exclusionary. According to the Brennan Center for Justice, this year as many as 5 million Americans were put at risk of being excluded from voting, due to new laws. Last year, a study by the centre found that “[m]inorities, poor and young voters will likely be most affected”.
The era that preceded Chávez’s 1998 election has echoes of the current predicament of U.S. politics—two major parties with fairly similar agendas took turns managing the country’s governmental institutions while elites controlled the country’s resources. Venezuela’s democracy, like much of Latin America’s, has meant a break with that past.