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43 Fletcher F. World Aff. 95 (2019)
Grassroots Participation in Defense of Dictatorship: Venezuela's Communal Councils and the Future of Participatory Democracy in Latin America

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    Grassroots Participation in


      Defense of Dictatorship:


      Venezuela's Communal


   Councils and the Future of


   Participatory Democracy in


                 Latin America


        JARED   ABBOTT   AND  MICHAEL MCCARTHY



ABSTRACT

     With Venezuela' Chavista political movement battling to keep its grass-
roots participatory experiments alive amid a cataclysmic economic depression, we
have a new crucial case for assessing the evolution and continuation ofparticipa-
tory institutions under lefi-wing populist governments. Based on original recent
survey data, we marshal evidence to show that the ruling United Socialist Party
of Venezuela's (PSUV) use of grassroots participation to defend the Maduro
regime has weakened the quality of community-level participation, just as it
may have lengthened the life-span of Chavismo's most important and expansive


Jared Abbott is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at Harvard University.
Michael McCarthy is Adjunct Professor ofPolitical Science at the Elliott School
of International Affairs at George Washington University, Research Fellow at
the Center for Latin American and Latino Affairs at American University, and
Founder of Caracas Wire, a research consultancy providing comprehensive coverage
of Venezuela's power struggle. His dissertation, Populism in Power: Venezuela's
Chavismo from Mobilization to Party-Building, addressed the evolution of
Caracas-based grassroots level organizing processes from the 1990s to 2010.


VOL.43:2 SUMMER 2019

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