Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/71133
Authors: 
Wright, Claire
Soliz Landivar, Ana
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
GIGA Working Papers 218
Abstract: 
The aim of this study is to discover the role played by regimes of exception (RoEs) in contemporary Bolivian politics. RoEs have been seldom studied by political scientists, despite constituting a key legacy of authoritarian regimes that have survived the transitions to democracy in Latin America. Focusing on the case of Bolivia, the research is based on relevant laws as well as 65 presidential decrees, which are analyzed with the method of content analysis. As a result of the analysis, we show that in Bolivia both the legal framework and political use of RoEs have moved on from a purely repressive mechanism to a more administrative one. The study has important implications for how RoEs are conceptualized from a theoretical point of view as well as for our understanding of the nature of emergency politics in fragile democracies in recent years.
Subjects: 
Bolivia
democracy
regimes of exception
presidents
decrees
content analysis
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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