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Bolivian Economic Policies: An Assessment


Eufrenio Carreño Román

Kean University
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The Sánchez de Lozada administration’s plan to export Bolivian natural gas using a Chilean port ignited a bloody social unrest which resulted in the resignations of two presidents, thus ending the neoliberal period that had begun in August 1985. Bolivians elected Evo Morales, the candidate of Movimiento hacia el Socialismo (MAS). Mr. Morales, an indigenous Aymara, won the election with 54% of the popular vote in December of 2005. This paper argues that the Morales administration‘s Decrees of nationalizations and land redistribution are indications of return to the interventionist statism. Part II presents a succinct narrative of the experience of some productive industries and land reform. Part III presents an assessment of the policies of the Morales administration during its first year in power followed by our Conclusions.
How to Cite: Román, E.C., (2008). Bolivian Economic Policies: An Assessment. Middle Atlantic Review of Latin American Studies. 21(1), pp.2–15. DOI:
Published on 01 Jan 2008.
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