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The Reform of the Bolivian State: Domestic Politics in the Context of Globalization

Andreas Tsolakis
The Reform of the Bolivian State: Domestic Politics in the Context of Globalization
ISBN: 978-1-935049-27-2
ISBN: 978-1-62637-142-2
2010/393 pages/LC: 2010040132
A FirstForumPress Book
"Reform of the Bolivian State ... represent[s] a significant shift toward more careful, nuanced analysis of Bolivia's internal political dynamics."—Miguel Centellas, Latin American Research Review

"Interesting, well researched, and scrupulously documented."—Jean-Paul Faguet, Perspectives on Politics

The Reform of the Bolivian State offers a great deal on which to reflect. It made me think and re-think.... The book would be particularly worthwhile for Bolivia experts already familiar with the case.” —Paul Dosh, Journal of Latin American Studies

“Sets out a well-researched, succinct, and critical overview of the Bolivian state and economy since 1952.... The book [also] makes a genuine contribution to the debate on and the search for ways to understand and analyze the transformation of the nation-state in the latest phase of globalization. It will be appreciated by those interested in its theory as well as in the empirical study of the Bolivian case.” —Nancy Thede, Latin American Politics and Society

"A remarkably sophisticated study of the transnationalization of class and state in Bolivia. Tsolakis makes a valuable theoretical contribution to the literature."—Henk Overbeek, VU University, Amsterdam

"Innovative and novel.... A substantial contribution to the scholarship on Bolivia."—John Crabtree, University of Oxford


In 2005, two decades after President Victor Paz Estenssoro's New Economic Policy heralded the beginning of a profound transformation for Bolivia, violence had become endemic in the country, the economy was weak, and political corruption was flourishing. Evo Morales was elected to the presidency in a climate of intense social conflict and disorder, promising to deconstruct the entire political and economic edifice so painfully built since 1985. Andreas Tsolakis investigates Bolivia’s trajectory since 1985 in the context of the country’s deepening integration into the world market.

From a historical materialist perspective, Tsolakis assesses why neoliberal restructuring efforts failed, as well as the implications of the continuing internationalization of the Bolivian state for Morales's reform program and his foreign relations in Latin America and beyond. He provides both a nuanced analysis of collaborative practices among transnational social forces and an up-to-date, critical analysis of the Morales administration.


Andreas Tsolakis is a postdoctoral fellow in the Institute of Advanced Study at the University of Warwick and an analyst at the Fundación Secretariado Gitano in Madrid.


  • Bolivia's Political Trajectory Since 1985.
  • The Impact of the National Revolution.
  • Transnational Forces and Global Restructuring.
  • The Internationalization of the Bolivian State.
  • Polyarchy in Bolivia.
  • Evo Morales, the MAS, and Elite Resistance to Change.
  • The Bolivian Case and Beyond.
  • Appendixes.