The politics of Venezuela . Anastasios Valvis Ph.D. Candidate University of Peloponnese ELIAMEP Research Fellow. The Political System in Venezuela Before Chavez. Until the 80s Venezuela was considered as an example of democracy and stability in LA. A two party system (AD & COPEI)
University of Peloponnese
ELIAMEP Research Fellow
A harbinger of hope, aninspiration for Latin America’s poor, and a memberof the “axis ofhope.”
Charismatic, committed, dynamic,intemperate, impulsive.
Venezuela has the highest homicide rate in South America, and represents the most dramatic deterioration of urban violence in South America. According to the UN, Venezuela’s murder rate is exceeded only by that of Honduras and El Salvador, two countries ravaged by gang violence and organized crime. Kidnappings for ransom have soared, and Caracas is now considered one of the most dangerous cities in the world. In 2011, 93 percent of homicides in the Caracas metropolitan area were of young men and teenagers between the ages of 15 and 24 (Wilson Center).
In Chávez’smind, Latin America is a prisonerheld in subjugationby external powers and their internal allies andagents who write the economic rules and dispensepolitical power.Chavez as a leader of anti-West and anti-Americanism