This new and expanded edition of Dragon in the Tropicsthe widely acclaimed account of how president Hugo Chvez (19992013) revamped Venezuelas political economyexamines the electoral decline of Chavismo after Chavezs death and the policies adopted by his successor, Nicols Maduro, to cope with the economic chaos inherited from previous radical populist policies. Corrales and Penfold argue that Maduro has had to struggle with the inherent contradictions of a large and heterogeneous social coalition, a declining oil sector, the strength of entrenched military interests, and fewer resources to appease international allies, which have strenghtened the autocratic features of an already consolidated hybrid regime. In examining the new political realities of Venezuela, the authors offer lessons on the dynamics of succession in hybrid regimes. This book is a must-read for scholars and analysts of Latin America.
Dragon in the Tropics
Brookings Institution Press
Venezuela and the Legacy of Hugo Chavez