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Bolivia: Reform and Resistance in the Countryside (1982-2000)

Citation: Urioste, Miguel (2001) Bolivia: Reform and Resistance in the Countryside (1982-2000). ISA Occasional Papers (23). ISSN 0953-6825

This study considers the design of public policies as well as initiatives which, emerging from civil society, aim to influence the economic development of the country and the distribution of its productive resources. The paper has four parts. The first describes the current situation of Bolivia's peasants and indigenous peoples. The second is an analysis of the main public policies concerning rural development in the last two decades of the twentieth century. The third is a summary of the continued extreme rural poverty and the fourth argues that it is necessary to change some constraints in structural adjustment policies (SAP) and to develop a long-term national strategy for rural development.

Additional Information: A preliminary version of this paper was presented on 19 March 1999 at the workshop Reform and Tradition in Bolivia, convened by James Dunkerley, Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS), University of London, and Miguel Urioste, Visiting Research Fellow at ILAS from 1998-99 and currently director of the Fundacion TIERRA, Bolivia. Urioste was also a member of Bolivian Congress from 1989-97. The author would like to thank Ida Pape, who patiently helped with the translation and correction of this paper.
Creators: Urioste, Miguel and
Subjects: Economics
Human Rights & Development Studies
Latin American Studies
Keywords: Bolivia, rural affairs, poverty
Divisions: Institute of Latin American Studies
Collections: ILAS Occasional Paper Series
  • 2001 (published)


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