Just a shameless plug a few things of mine that just came out in print. Two are specifically on Bolivia; the other is a published version of the writing/discussion assignment I developed based on American Idol & presented at the 2009 APSA Teaching & Learning Conference.
The journal Latin American Perspectives recently put out an excellent double-volume issue on “Bolivia Under Morales.” K8 had an article in the first (May) issue; mine came out in the second (July) issue. My article (“Savina Cuéllar and Bolivia’s New Regionalism”) uses the 2009 election of Savina Cuéllar as the first female & indigenous prefect of Chuquisaca to explore the new regionalist political dynamics at work in contemporary Bolivia.
I continued the regionalist theme in an essay I was invited to write for Americas Quarterly. In the essay (“Bolivia’s Radical Decentralization”) I argue that Evo’s lasting legacy to Bolivia will likely be institutional, not socioeconomic or ideological. The decentralization process that began in 1994 (during Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada’s first term) has accelerated under Evo’s government, transforming Bolivia from a unitary state to something closer to a federal model.
(In light of both articles, it’s interesting to note that just this week the department of Potosí has mobilized under a regionalist banner—even demanding federalism—despite having been a strong pro-MAS electorate since 2005.)
Finally, my teaching article (“Pop Culture in the Classroom: American Idol, Karl Marx, and Alexis de Tocqueville”) came out in the July issue of PS: Political Science & Politics. The short article is just built around one of my favorite assignments used in intro to comparative politics courses. Basically, students are asked to write what they think Marx or Tocqueville would think about American Idol (substantiating their argument w/ direct citations from The Communist Manifesto & the introduction to Democracy in America).
(I’m also posting this as a way to both procrastinate on my upcoming APSA paper & to feel productive despite said procrastination.)