Revolutionary Road?

Author
Francisco Rodríguez, Bernardo Alvarez Herrera
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Foreign Affairs
Volume
87
Issue Number
4
Publication Date
July/August 2008
Institution
Council on Foreign Relations
Abstract
When President Hugo Chávez was first elected, in 1998, his critics, many of whom have published in these pages, argued that he would slowly move Venezuela away from democracy. After 12 elections, including the December 2007 referendum, which he narrowly lost, that claim has finally crumbled under the evidence. Now the argument against Venezuela has shifted, and instead of being called undemocratic, Chávez's social programs are labeled as inefficient and his economic management categorized as catastrophic. Much like the first accusations against Chávez, the new criticisms, put forth by Francisco Rodríguez in "An Empty Revolution" (March/April 2008), simply do not stand up to the facts.
Political Geography
Venezuela