Now We Are in Power

The Politics of Passive Revolution in Twenty-First-Century Bolivia

Both experts and new progressive thinkers will gain insight from McNelly’s analysis of how radical visions confront complex 21st century realities.
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During the first decade of the century, Evo Morales and other leftists took control of governments across Latin America. In the case of Bolivia, Morales was that country’s first Indigenous president and was elected following five years of popular insurrection after decades of neoliberal governance. Now We Are in Power makes the argument that the so-called Pink Tide should be understood as a passive revolution, a process that has two phases: a period of subaltern struggle from average citizens strong enough to culminate in a political crisis, which is followed by a time of reconciliation and transformation. Angus McNelly examines this movement as it unfolded and evaluates how passive revolution plays out over a prolonged crisis, ultimately demonstrating the inherent contradictions and complications of the process.

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Angus McNelly

Angus McNelly is assistant professor in international relations at the University of Greenwich, London. His research explores the politics of change, the political economy of Latin America, extractivism, and energy transitions. He is a managing editor of the journal Alternautas, an editor of the Latin American Geographies UK Blog, and co-coordinator of the Urban and Regional Political Economy Group in the International Initiative for the Promotion of Political Economy.

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