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Compounding Crises: Bolivia in 2020

Velasco Guachalla, V Ximena and Hummel, Calla and Nelson-Nuñez, Jami and Boulding, Carew (2021) 'Compounding Crises: Bolivia in 2020.' Revista de ciencia política (Santiago), 41 (2). pp. 211-237. ISSN 0718-090X

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Bolivia began 2020 in the midst of a political crisis, with an interim administration led by Jeanine Añez, who assumed power during the political crisis that ended the administration of Evo Morales in November 2019. On March 10th, the government identified Bolivia's first COVID-19 case. The administration's swift initial response was marred by corruption, a strained public health system, and resistance from citizens and politicians. This essay focuses on the unprecedented character of a double crisis in Bolivia: a health crisis preceded and aggravated by a political crisis. The crises put the Bolivian government under intense pressure. The thrice-rescheduled presidential elections on October 18th returned the Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) to power with a decisive victory under the leadership of former finance minister Luis Arce Catacora and former foreign minister David Choquehuanca. We review the consequences of the year's events on human and economic development and conclude by anticipating future challenges.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: crisis; polarization; legitimacy; COVID-19; elections
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2021 11:13
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 14:33

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