Power and Impotence
A History of South America Under Progressivism (1998-2016)
Studies in Critical Social Sciences
Published by: Haymarket Books
Imprint: Haymarket Books
Fabio Luis Barbosa dos Santos delves into the history of South America to understand the rise and fall of the so-called 'progressive governments'. In the wake of mobilizations against neoliberalism in the 1990s, most South American countries elected presidents identified with political change. However, less than twenty years after Hugo Chávez's victory, this trend seems to be reversed. Lula 's tenure has ended and Bolsonaro's has begun. What happened? Supported by an extensive bibliography and hundreds of interviews, the author addresses the trajectory of each South American country, including those which did not elect progressives, in addition to Cuba. The various national examinations are enriched by an analysis of regional integration attempts, providing a detailed and necessary recent history of the subcontinent.
Originally published in Portuguese as Uma história da onda progressista sul-americana (1998-2016) by Elefante, São Paulo, 2018.
About Power and Impotence
1 Venezuelan Revolution: Underdevelopment despite an Abundance of Foreign Exchange
2 Conciliation and Order under 'Lulaism ' in Brazil
3 Kirchnerism and Impasses of the Bourgeois Way in Argentina
4 The Process of Change in Bolivia: Creative or Destructive Tensions?
5 Ecology versus Capitalism: Dilemmas of the Citizen Revolution in Ecuador
6 The Deposition of Lugo in Paraguay and the Brasiguayo Question
7 Brazil and the Political Economy of South American Integration
8 Chile and the Political Economy of the Real Neoliberalism
9 Perversion and Trauma: Impasses of Contemporary Peruvian Politics
10 War and Peace in Colombia in Historical Perspective
11 Where is the Cuban Revolution Going? Dilemmas of Primitive Socialism