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Book: The Anti-Globalization Movement in Bolivia: Global Processes and Local Initiatives in a Time of Crisis and Change

20 Apr 2009



This book, published in Spanish, is based on research carried out between 2005 and 2007 and uses the framework of the UNRISD Project “Global Civil Society Movements: Dynamics in International Campaigns and National Implementation.” It aims to assess how the following global issues impact Bolivia: debt relief, international trade rules, global taxation initiative, anti-corruption and fair trade/solidarity economy. These worldwide campaigns are promoted by NGOs, faith-based organizations, social movements, political parties and a wide range of activist networks.

The authors investigate how these particular global issues and international campaigns are articulated in social movements and in Bolivian civil society, both of which have undergone an intense process of social and political change. That process began in 2000 with the so-called water war in Cochabamba, and heightened when Evo Morales became president because of his alignment with the anti-globalization movement. This book is a co-publication between UNRISD/CESU-UMSS/Plural Publishers.

This work addresses the following: the national context of the crisis, as well as political and governmental change (Chapter 1); how the theories used by global social movements are put into action using new forms of mobilization (Chapter 2); issues introduced by international trade rules and civil society’s actions in opposition of free trade agreements (Chapter 3); international and national campaigns for debt forgiveness and their consequences (Chapter 4); fair trade initiatives between the North and South (Chapter 5); anti-corruption efforts in both public and civil spheres (Chapter 6); ATTAC, the international movement in support of a tax on foreign exchange transactions (Chapter 7); a final analysis of how international campaigns and movements have affected Bolivia, and how Bolivia has in turn affected the movements (Chapter 8).

Notes to editors

• The United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) was created in 1963 and is an autonomous UN agency engaging in multidisciplinary research on the social dimensions of contemporary problems affecting development. Through its research, UNRISD stimulates dialogue and contributes to policy debates on key issues of social development within and outside the UN system.

• Fernando Mayorga is a sociologist at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and Director General of the Centro de Estudios Superiores Universitarios (Centre of Higher Studies) of the Universidad Mayor de San Simón (CESU–UMSS) in Cochabamba, Bolivia; Eduardo Córdova is a sociologist and Director of the Área de Estudios Políticos y Jurídicos (Area of Political and Legal Studies) at CESU–UMSS, Bolivia.

Contents:
1- A context of crisis and change
2- Global movements and local actors
3- The water war and the fight against free trade
4- External debt and the Jubileo Campaign
5- Fair trade : from small-scale initiatives to the Trade Treaty of the Peoples (TCP)
6- The fight against corruption at state level and in society
7- The ATTAC movement: from Santa Cruz to Paris (ATTAC: Association for the Taxation of Financial Transactions for the Aid of citizens)
8- Outcomes of global movements in Bolivia

Copublished with Plural Editores; paperback; ISBN: 978-9954-1-159-6; 237 pages; USD 7.80.
Order from www.plural.bo; email: plural@plural.bo

Please use the links to the right of this page to access this press release in English and Spanish.