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Venezuela at the Crossroads

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Venezuela at the Crossroads

While the death of Hugo Chávez in 2013 shook the arguably-revolutionary social process which he led, the United Venezuelan Socialist Party (PSUV) remains a formidable force in national politics. But

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While the death of Hugo Chávez in 2013 shook the arguably-revolutionary social process which he led, the United Venezuelan Socialist Party (PSUV) remains a formidable force in national politics. But the right-wing opposition’s victory in the 2015 national assembly elections consolidated its return to electoral politics, showing that reports of the demise of the right Democratic Action (AD) party were, to paraphrase Mark Twain, somewhat exaggerated. What are the social, political and economic features of this conservative restoration? What accounts for the increasing unpopularity of the Maduro presidency a year out from the next elections? How does the Venezuelan conjuncture relate to the retreat of the Pink Tide era in Latin America? How accurate are media representations of a “failed state”? How might president Trump’s regime approach its oil-rich neighbour?