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Symposium: Venezuela from the Neutral Ground

January 28th, 2011
8:30AM - 6:30PM

LBC Stibbs Conference Room 203, Uptown Campus
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The Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR), the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, and the Department of Political Science invite you the symposium, Venezuela from the Neutral Ground, where competing views on the “Chavista” phenomenon will be exchanged and examined in a neutral setting by 17 experts in the field. RSVP Required.

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SCHEDULE (with abstracts)

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PROGRAM (PDF version – Please print before attending)

8:30-9:00 – Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Tom Reese, Executive Director, Stone Center for Latin American Studies

9:00-10:00 – Session I

  • The Models of Radical Democracy & Social-Based Democracy in the Venezuela of Hugo Chávez
    Steve Ellner, Universidad de Oriente, Venezuela
  • The Logic of Bolivarian Democracy in Venezuela
    Daniel Levine, University of Michigan

10:00-10:15 – Coffee Break

10:15-11:45 – Session II

  • Electoral Authoritarianism and Dilemmas of the Opposition Parties in the Venezuela of Hugo Chávez
    Ángel E. Álvarez, Notre Dame University, Universidad Central de Venezuela
  • Venezuela’s 2010 Legislative Elections in a Comparative Perspective
    Manuel Alcántara, Notre Dame University, Universidad de Salamanca, Spain
  • Venezuela’s Populism and Its Tendencies
    Margarita Lopez Maya, Universidad Central de Venezuela

11:45-12:45 – Session III

  • A Revolution for Whom? Measuring Political Bias in the Venezuelen Land Reform Using Maisanta
    Michael Albertus, Stanford University
  • The Changing Chavista Electoral Coalition
    Noam Lupu, Princeton University

12:45-1:45 – LUNCH

1:45-3:15 – Session IV

  • Role of the Media in a Polarized Society
    Jennifer McCoy, Georgia State University
  • The Government’s (Tense) Relationship with the Academic and Professional Sectors
    Eugenio Hernández Bretón, Universidad Monteavila Law School, Venezuela
  • The Radicalization of Venezuelan Foreign Policy: Current Developments & Perspectives for the Coming Years
    María Teresa Romero, Universidad Central de Venezuela

3:15-4:30 – Session V

  • Socoilism in Venezuela: A Look at the Advantages and Disadvantages of Oil for Construction of Socialism
    Daniel Hellinger, College of Wooster
  • Varieties of Statism: Oil Policies (and Outcomes) in Venezuela and Brazil Compared
    Javier Corrales, Amherst College
  • Venezuela’s Actually Existing Socialism
    David Smilde, University of Georgia

4:30-4:45 – Coffee Break

4:45-6:00 – Session VI

  • Venezuela and the Global Recession
    Ángel Eduardo Cárdenas, University of Toronto
  • Venezuela: Growth, Recession, and Recovery
    Mark Weisbrot, Center for Economic Policy and Research, Washington DC
  • The Venezuelan Economy and Oil Rentism
    José Manuel Puente, Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración, IESA, Venezuela

6:00 – Final Session and Closing Remarks

  • Michael Coppedge, University of Notre Dame

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The US’s November elections are especially critical. The world’s power structures are undergoing dramatic changes, and so the internal political process of this world leader has even greater global consequences.

Looking beyond just the US’s foreign policy is key to understanding its actions. Over the next few months, the teaching programs at several Costa Rican institutions will focus on the following:

  • An analysis of succession of power within institutional structures.
  • The role of political parties (polarization).
  • The influence of changing demographics.
  • The geographic expression of social change.
  • The effect of the democratic process in the formulation and implementation of the US’s foreign policy towards Latin American in particular.

The University of Costa Rica, through its School of Political Science, and the Centro de Investigación y Estudios Políticos (CIEP), has joined forces with the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones y su Instituto de Formación y Estudios en Democracia (IFED), as well as with the University of Tulane, through its Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR), for a series of outreach activities during the second half of 2016. These activities will utilize the resources at these educational and research institutions to promote a better understanding of the electoral process in the US.

The results of this upcoming election will have repercussions for the world, particularly in Latin American and Costa Rica. A broader, deeper understanding of the current situation will be useful for both universities and public policy decision-makers.

Participating institutions are confident that a proper analysis of this political process will lead to improved understanding and cooperation between the two nations.

Schedule of Activities


  • Thursday, 8/18: Talk on the United States’ electoral system by Diego Brenes, IFED.

  • Thursday, 9/1: Discussion on demographics and electoral geography in the US with Constantino Urcuyo and Jesús Guzmán.
  • Thursday, 9/22: Talk on Politics and Elections: Celeste Lay, Phd. Tulane University.

  • Thursday, 10/13: Discussion on elections and external politics: Carlos Murillo, Phd. in government and public policy.
  • Thursday, 10/27: Talk by Jenny Lincoln Fullbright from the US Embassy.

  • Monday, 11/10: Round table. Analysis of election results with Constantino Urcuyo, Felipe Alpízar, Nuria Marín, and Fernando Zeledón as moderator.