Upcoming Program: Javier Corrales

corrales PosterProfessor, Amherst College

Venezuela: The Politics of Barricades

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.

This lecture seeks to explain why Venezuela, the country that has experienced the most spectacular economic windfall in Latin America from 2003 to 2011, is today in one of the worst political crises in the region and one of the worst economic crises in the world. It confronts the question of how “new” is the “new Venezuela” after Hugo Chavez.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Constance and Rose Ganoe Memorial Fund for Inspirational Teaching, courtesy of Professor J. Mark Ruhl and by the Department of Latin American Studies.

Biography (provided by the speaker)

Javier Corrales is professor of political science at Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts. He is currently working on the 8411710387_fb5577c684_c cropped 2013second edition of his co-authored book with Michael Penfold, Dragon in the Tropics: Hugo Chávez and the Political Economy of Revolution in Venezuela (Brookings Institution Press, 2011).  In addition, he is working on a book project on constitutional assemblies and presidential powers in Latin America.   Corrales is also the co-author with Daniel Altschuler of The Promise of Participation: Experiments Read more

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