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Estudios Políticos

Print version ISSN 0121-5167
On-line version ISSN 2462-8433


AYALA RUIZ, Sergio Felipe  and  QUINTERO ERASSO, Silvia Juliana. Álvaro García Linera and the Contradictions Between State and Democracy. Estud. Polit. [online]. 2019, n.56, pp.199-220. ISSN 0121-5167.

This article explores Álvaro García Linera’s conceptualization on the tension between politics from the State and politics beyond the State, tension emerged in the 21st Century Bolivian politics. This study explains, first, the terms of the tension, and second, it argues that the distinctive character of García Linera’s proposal lies in a particular understanding of the relationship between democracy and the State. This relationship is characterized by updating, in the Latin American present, the idea that any transformative political action should be unfolded not only from one of these two spheres, but actually from both. However, different ambiguities emerge in García Linera’s theoretical proposal that prevents thinking of a transformative politics beyond the State that is not subordinated to the possibilities of transformation from the State.

Keywords : Political Theory; State; Democracy; Socialism; García Linera, Álvaro; Latin America.

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