Political polarization in Venezuela: urban positions on Mision Zamora - Political opportunities and challenges

dc.contributor.advisorDauda, Carol
dc.contributor.advisorDiez, Jordi
dc.contributor.advisorMcCook, Stuart
dc.contributor.authorFender, Jennifer
dc.date.accessioned2020-12-03T14:29:45Z
dc.date.available2020-12-03T14:29:45Z
dc.date.copyright2006
dc.degree.departmentDepartment of Political Scienceen_US
dc.degree.grantorUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.degree.nameMaster of Artsen_US
dc.description.abstractThis thesis investigates the character of political polarization in Venezuela and the opportunities for, and challenges to, land reform, in an urban-industrial context. This study examines 'Misio?n Zamora', the current Venezuelan land reform initiative, through an analysis of 56 semi-structures personal interviews conducted with a cross-section of the population of Caracas, Venezuela. This dissertation argues that the Venezuelan context is not as challenging as expected to 'Misio?n Zamora'. The context offers both political opportunities and obstacles. Opportunities are based on less extreme and less ideological polarization than expected, which includes a significant political middle ground; support for the need for land reform and 'Misio?n Zamora', based on fundamental policy purposes; opposition based on implementation, rather than ideological reasons; and common ground between supporters and opponents of the reform and the government. Obstacles are dominantly based on implementation and stem from challenges in translating common ground into dialogue and decreased public polarization.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10214/21417
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen_US
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dc.subjectpolitical polarizationen_US
dc.subjectVenezuelaen_US
dc.subjectMisio?n Zamoraen_US
dc.subjectland reformen_US
dc.titlePolitical polarization in Venezuela: urban positions on Mision Zamora - Political opportunities and challengesen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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