Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2007

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Political Science

First Advisor

Robert Urbatsch

Second Advisor

James M. McCormick

Third Advisor

Francis Owusu

Abstract

This thesis examines the relationship between the indigenous peoples and the electoral success of Evo Morales in the 2002 and 2005 Bolivian presidential elections. Morales earned a surprising 20% of the vote in 2002 enough for second place. In 2005, Morales earned over 50% of the presidential vote. He is the first indigenous president of Bolivia and is the first to receive over 50% of the vote since the re-transition to democracy. The electoral success of Morales has been framed in the context of the indigenousness in Bolivia, the country with the highest proportions of indigenous peoples in South America. This thesis explores whether or not indigenousness offers a compelling explanation for the unprecedented electoral success for Evo Morales in the 2002 and 2005 elections. The findings of this thesis suggest that the relationship between Morales's electoral performance and indigenousness is not as strong as previously suggested.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-16232

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Basil Riad Mahayni

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI1446136

OCLC Number

190863743

ISBN

9780549154709

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

94 pages

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