On the Democratic Relationship between State, Markets, and Civil Society: Bolivia and Venezuela

21 03 2012

By Jerry Harris

Abstract: The beginning of the twenty-first century has witness the rise of exciting new revolutionary movements against capitalist globalization. These new movements, particularly in Latin America, are characterized by qualitatively different strategies from the socialist movements of the last century. Rather than vanguard parties leading a Leninist insurrection or Maoist people’s war, these movements are building broad social blocs in a Gramscian war of position and maneuver. In an effort to develop a further theoretical context I suggest we view these movements from the standpoint of the democratic dialectic that links the role of the state, markets and civil society together. This recognizes the need to build institutional power in each sector as well as the play of contradictions within and between each aspect of society. The attempt here is to develop theory that can explain and contain the actual social practice of the new revolutionary struggles. READ THE ARTICLE >>


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