Date of Award

Fall 12-2012

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Political Science & Geography


Graduate Program in International studies

Committee Director

Francis Adams

Committee Member

Kurt T. Gaubatz

Committee Member

Jonathan Leib

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.I45 F47 2012


The Evo Morales administration has radically transformed the Bolivian state since his election in 2005. As a result of Morales' indigenous identity and overt ethnic tensions in this state, there is a perception that this factor plays a decisive role in Bolivia's policymaking. However, as the 'renegotiation' of the hydrocarbon industry in 2006 demonstrates, ethnopopulism and political survival provide the most comprehensive approach to predicting the policies of the current Bolivian government.

The resistance to liberalization efforts, the success of redistributive measures and the role identity has had in Bolivia explains why this approach to policy-making has allowed Morales to consolidate his power. Moreover, they provide insight into the challenges the Bolivian states faces in its effort to industrialize its economy.


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