The Transformation of Democracy in Bolivia and Ecuador: Justice Conflicts in the Negotiation of Political Change

Since the turn of the century, indigenous and social movements across Latin America have increasingly challenged the model of liberal democracy that had been almost undisputed during the 1990s. In Bolivia and Ecuador, under the governments of Evo Morales and Rafael Correa, these challenges translated into far-reaching constitutional reforms. The ongoing transformation of democracy in the two countries is shaped, inter alia, by a direct clash of different governance concepts, with the mainstream model of liberal (“good”) democratic governance competing with alternative (partly indigenous) ideas that refer to forms of direct, participatory and communitarian democracy, a “plurinational” conception of the state, and local (collective, indigenous) autonomy. Although a basically democratic regime (so far) remains in place in both countries, the struggle about the future shape of the political order calls into question basic rules of the game and specific principles of justice that had formed the basis of respective political systems since the transition to democracy. The transformation of democracy is, therefore, both prone to (violent) conflict and shaped by claims to legitimate entitlements (i.e., justice claims).

The project analyzes the transformation of democracy in Bolivia and Ecuador as contentious processes of negotiating complex justice conflicts. The overall research question is: To what extent and how does the type of justice claim influence (limit/fuel) conflict escalation in processes of transforming democracy?

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Ecuador after Correa. The Struggle over the "Citizens' Revolution" | 2018

Wolff, Jonas (2018): Ecuador after Correa. The Struggle over the "Citizens' Revolution", in: Revista de Ciencia Política, 38:2, 281-302, http://www.revistacienciapolitica.cl/(...).

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Las élites políticas y económicas en Bolivia y Ecuador | 2018

Wolff, Jonas (2018): Las élites políticas y económicas en Bolivia y Ecuador. Convivir con gobiernos posneoliberales, in: Adriano; Codato/Fran; Espinoza (eds), Élites en las Américas. Diferentes Perspectivas, Curitiba: Editora UFPR, 73–114.

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Political Incorporation in Measures of Democracy | 2018

Wolff, Jonas (2018): Political Incorporation in Measures of Democracy. A Missing Dimension (and the Case of Bolivia), in: Democratization, 1–17, (published online).

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Towards Postliberal Democracy in Latin America? | 2013

Wolff, Jonas (2013): Towards Postliberal Democracy in Latin America? A Conceptual Framework Applied to Latin America, in: Journal of Latin American Studies, 45:1, 31-59, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022216X12000843.

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New Constitutions and the Transformation of Democracy in Ecuador and Bolivia | 2012

Wolff, Jonas (2012): New Constitutions and the Transformation of Democracy in Ecuador and Bolivia, in: Nolte, Detlef/Schilling-Vacaflor, Almut (eds), New Constitutionalism in Latin America. Promises and Practices, Farnham: Ashgate, 183-202.

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La nueva Constitución de Bolivia | 2012

Wolff, Jonas (2012): La nueva Constitución de Bolivia. Un comentario desde la teoría de la democracia, in: Ernst, Tanja/Schmalz, Stefan (Hg.), El primer gobierno de Evo Morales. Un balance retrospectivo, La Paz: Plural, 77-91.

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Weniger Ungleichheit durch postliberale Demokratie? | 2012

Wolff, Jonas (2012): Weniger Ungleichheit durch postliberale Demokratie? Eine Analyse mit Blick auf Bolivien, in: Muno, Wolfgang/Lauth, Hans-Joachim/Kestler, Thomas (Hg.), Demokratie und soziale Entwicklung in Lateinamerika, Baden-Baden: Nomos, 111-137.

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Movimientos sociales y la lucha por la democratización de la democracia. | 2012

Wolff, Jonas (2012): Movimientos sociales y la lucha por la democratización de la democracia. Experiencias recientes en América del Sur, in: Kron, Stefanie/Costa, Sérgio/Braig, Marianne (Hg.), Democracia y reconfiguraciones contemporáneas del derecho en América Latina, Frankfurt/M: Vervuert, 297-322.

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Demokratie in Bewegung | 2012

Wolff, Jonas (2012): Demokratie in Bewegung. Neue soziale Bewegungen und die umkämpfte Demokratisierung der Demokratie in Argentinien, Bolivien und Ecuador, in: Burchardt, Hans-Jürgen/Öhlschläger, Rainer (Hg.), Soziale Bewegungen und Demokratie in Lateinamerika. Ein ambivalentes Verhältnis, Baden-Baden: Nomos, 77-91, https://www.nomos-shop.de/(...).

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Postliberal Democracy Emerging? | 2012

Wolff, Jonas (2012): Postliberal Democracy Emerging? A conceptual proposal and the case of Bolivia, PRIF Working Papers No. 11, Frankfurt/M.

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Frieden trotz Umbruch. | 2012

Wolff, Jonas (2012): Frieden trotz Umbruch. Eine Analyse der ausbleibenden Gewalteskalation in Boliviens „demokratischer Revolution", in: Zeitschrift für Friedens- und Konfliktforschung, 1:2, 219-248, DOI: https://doi.org/10.5771/2192-1741-2012-2-219.

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Postneoliberal verfasst? | 2010

Wolff, Jonas (2010): Postneoliberal verfasst? Ein vergleichender Blick auf die neuen Verfassungen in Bolivien und Ecuador, in: Kritische Justiz, 43:4, 407-415, https://www.nomos-elibrary.de/(...).

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