Final draft of Politics paper #1.doc dianelle's edits

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The Venezuelan government has often been seen as a contradiction between theory and practice, between democratic and dictatorial. Although While Venezuela has overcome a history of military leaders and economic instability, it has successfully implemented many political reforms and attained a remarkable level of stability. While the development of a stable and democratic system in Venezuela represents a great accomplishment, the nation’s turbulent past of numerous regime changes and instability, along with a current leader Hugo Chavez who’s labeled both a hero and a tryant tyrant , leave many wondering where the future of Venezuela stands. It stands as a delegate democracy. While the democracy in Venezuela is fragile, the future will hopefully bring a stable and lasting democracy with the current democratic traits it holds. While Despite Venezuela’s history is turbulent and perplexing history , many would look at present day Venezuela and see success. However, Venezuela is messier then it seems. The current situation began with the election of President Hugo Chavez. While i I nitially, Chavez attempted a coup in 1992 against the then elected President Perez. , He failed, instead Chavez coming a m e to power through an elections in 1998, and has been in power ever lead the country since. He began his political career and ran by running a his campaign based of off the failure of the Punto Fijo system. This system, was born in 1958, arose when Venezuela’s leading political parties made an agreement. The elements of this pact consisted of an agreement was one of shared power: , a moderate partisan system that , respected individual liberties and it implemented common minimal reform programs such as land reform, the ability to enter trade agreements, and build up national security and others . The agreement It started as a compromise to avoid civil war but ended up fostering unhealthy collusions. While t T he Punto Fijo system withstood challenges over four previous decades, but it
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was unable to withstand the challenges the current century brought by the current century . Jennifer McCoy and David J. Myers, speaking about of the cause of the failure of the Punto Fijo system, stated, “Punto Fijo democracy unraveled in response to a series of punctuated political and economic crisis that began in 1983 and culminated in the election of Lieutenant Colonel Hugo Chavez Frais as president in December 1998” (12). While nearly all Venezuelans were eager for change, and wanted seeking a new government that would eradicate corruption and redistribute the money from the vast oil fields, the timing of the Punto Fijo’s collapse might have been is the only reason Chavez’s popularity was so immense. During this
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course POLI 101 taught by Professor Rodiquez during the Spring '08 term at Ithaca College.

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