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The Collapse of Venezuela and the Strange Longevity of the Maduro Administration



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Join us for a presentation with Dr. Javier Corrales, the Dwight W. Morrow 1895 Professor of Political Science at Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Everything seems to be collapsing in Venezuela, except the Maduro administration (2013-present). This lecture will first look at the origins of Venezuela’s profound economic crisis, and then compare the Venezuelan case to other cases of presidential interruption in Latin America, to understand why the Maduro administration has survived thus far.

Corrales is the co-author with Michael Penfold of Dragon in the Tropic: Venezuela and the Legacy of Hugo Chávez, second edition (Brookings Institution Press, 2015), one of the most widely read books on contemporary Venezuela’s political economy. He is also the co-author with Daniel Altschuler of The Promise of Participation: Experiments in Participatory Governance in Honduras and Guatemala (Palgrave Macmillan 2013), and with Carlos Romero of US-Venezuela Relations: Coping with Midlevel Security Threats (Routledge, 2013), and the co-editor (with Mario Pecheny) of The Politics of Sexuality in Latin America (University of Pittsburgh Press 2010). Currently, he is working on a book project on constitutional assemblies and presidential powers in Latin America. He was a Fulbright scholar in Bogotá, Colombia in 2016. He is on the editorial board of Latin American Politics and Society and Americas Quarterly.

Event sponsored by Latin American and Iberian Institute (with support from the US Department of Education Title VI).


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The Collapse of Venezuela and the Strange Longevity of the Maduro Administration