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  • Feb 20, 2024

Now We Are in Power: The politics of passive revolution in 21st C.Bolivia

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Time: 6:30-8:30pm.

Location: In Person at UCL, and Online.

'During the first decade of the century, Evo Morales and other leftists took control of governments across Latin America. In the case of Bolivia, Morales was that country’s first Indigenous president and was elected following five years of popular insurrection after decades of neoliberal governance. 'Now We Are in Power' (Pittsburgh Press) makes the argument that the so-called Pink Tide should be understood as a passive revolution, a process that has two phases: a period of subaltern struggle from average citizens strong enough to culminate in a political crisis, which is followed by a time of reconciliation and transformation. Angus McNelly examines this movement as it unfolded and evaluates how passive revolution plays out over a prolonged crisis, ultimately demonstrating the inherent contradictions and complications of the process.

Matthew Doyle will respond to Angus' talk at the end.

Angus McNelly is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Greenwich, and Matthew Doyle is Lecturer in Social Anthropology at UCL.'

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