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      Indigenous Autonomy and the Contradictions of Plurinationalism in Bolivia

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      Latin American Politics and Society
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          The government of Bolivia led by President Evo Morales and the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) party claims to be constructing a new postliberal or plurinational state. However, this alleged experiment in plurinationalism conflicts with two central elements of government and MAS party strategy: the expansion of the economic development model based on the extraction of non-renewable natural resources, and the MAS's efforts to control political space, including indigenous territories. This article analyzes these contradictions by examining how Bolivia's constitution and legal framework appear to support indigenous autonomy while simultaneously constraining it. Specifically, it explores how political and bureaucratic processes have seriously limited opportunities to exercise indigenous rights to autonomy. The article makes a comparative analysis of the implications of Bolivia's experience for indigenous autonomy and plurinationalism for other resource extraction–dependent states.

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                Journal
                applab
                Latin American Politics and Society
                Lat. Am. polit. soc.
                Wiley
                1531-426X
                1548-2456
                2014
                January 2 2018
                2014
                : 56
                : 03
                : 46-69
                Article
                10.1111/j.1548-2456.2014.00239.x
                52494a49-e609-4b46-a9b5-68f607e83121
                © 2014

                http://doi.wiley.com/10.1002/tdm_license_1.1

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