Vivir Bien Governance in Bolivia : Chimera or Attainable Utopia?

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Ranta , E M 2017 , ' Vivir Bien Governance in Bolivia : Chimera or Attainable Utopia? ' , Third World Quarterly , vol. 38 , no. 7 , pp. 1603-1618 . https://doi.org/10.1080/01436597.2016.1224551

Title: Vivir Bien Governance in Bolivia : Chimera or Attainable Utopia?
Author: Ranta, Eija Maria
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Swedish School of Social Science Subunit
Date: 2017-06-16
Language: eng
Number of pages: 16
Belongs to series: Third World Quarterly
ISSN: 0143-6597
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/235514
Abstract: The notion of vivir bien – a complex set of ideas, worldviews, and knowledge deriving from indigenous movements, activist groups, and scholars of indigeneity – has become an overarching principle for policy-making and state transformation processes in Andean countries. This article analyses the contradiction between the principle of vivir bien as an egalitarian utopian category and its bureaucratic application in Bolivia to state formation processes and power dynamics involving social movements. It argues that while discursively grounded on such egalitarian principles as reciprocity and rotating authority, its implementation entails bureaucratic propensities to centralise power and authority. Instead of decolonising the state, it is used to discipline the masses.
Subject: 517 Political science
5203 Global Development Studies
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