Market Justice

Market Justice : Political Economic Struggle in Bolivia

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Market Justice explores the challenges for the new global left as it seeks to construct alternative means of societal organization. Focusing on Bolivia, Brent Z. Kaup examines a testing ground of neoliberal and counter-neoliberal policies and an exemplar of bottom-up globalization. Kaup argues that radical shifts towards and away from free market economic trajectories are not merely shaped by battles between transnational actors and local populations, but also by conflicts between competing domestic elites and the ability of the oppressed to overcome traditional class divides. Further, the author asserts that struggles against free markets are not evidence of opposition to globalization or transnational corporations. They should instead be understood as struggles over the forms of global integration and who benefits from them.
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  • Undefined | 210 pages
  • United States
  • English
  • 1139627376
  • 9781139627375

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. . . a definitive account of the past sixty years of political and economic history in Bolivia, exploring the dilemmas of underdevelopment and possibilities created by various forms of political change and popular resistance. . . . a surprisingly evocative tale, beautifully written, bolstered by statistical tables and figures but also illustrated with photos and pithy, telling informant quotes from his recent fieldwork. A must-read . . . and its clever and accessible prose makes it attractive for teaching and course adoption, too. David A. Smith, Professor of Sociology at University of California, Irvine, and Editor, International Journal of Comparative Sociology
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