Societal Protest in Post-Stabilization Bolivia

  title={Societal Protest in Post-Stabilization Bolivia},
  author={Mois{\'e}s Arce and Mois{\'e}s Roberta Rice},
  journal={Latin American Research Review},
  pages={101 - 88}
  • M. Arce, M. Rice
  • Published 2009
  • Political Science, Economics
  • Latin American Research Review
Bolivia was the poster child for economic liberalization policies adopted throughout Latin America since the 1970s. The country is also currently viewed as a place where the neoliberal or market-oriented economic model has been exhausted, as indicated by high levels of societal protest and recent democratic instability. Using available subnational data from Bolivia, we examine the determinants of societal protest across the country's nine provinces for the 1995–2005 period. Consistent with… 

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