This volume reflects on the first administration of Evo Morales and his party, the Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS), the history of the movement, and Bolivian politics and society under the MAS since 2005. Morales has been widely touted as the first indigenous leader of a South American country since the European Conquest.
The book originated in a November 2009 symposium, held when Bolivia’s presidential elections were imminent, with the support of the Bolivia Information Forum at the Institute of the Americas (ISA) in London. It includes chapters from contributors to the symposium and additional essays commissioned from other leading experts.
Contents 1. The Historical Background to the Rise of the Movimiento al Socialismo, 1952–2005 2. Towards a “Traditional Party”? Internal Organisation and Change in the MAS in Bolivia 3. Bolivia’s New Constitution and Its Implications 4. Electoral Validation for Morales and the MAS (1999–2010) 5. The Bolivianisation of Washington–La Paz Relations: Evo Morales’ Foreign Policy in Historical Context 6. Pachakuti in Bolivia, 2008–10: A Personal Diary
Contributors include Herbert Klein (Columbia University and Center for Latin American Studies, Stanford University), Sven Harten (International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group), Willem Assies (Wageningen University, the Netherlands), John Crabtree (Latin American Centre, Oxford University), Martin Sivak (author of four books about contemporary Bolivia), and James Dunkerley (Queen Mary, University of London).