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Venezuela after Chavez

March 5, 2013 in Economics

Hugo Chávez, socialist president of Venezuela and the defining figure of Latin American politics in the last decade, has died. While his authoritarian populism didn’t differ much from other Latin American leaders, his influence on regional politics has been unparalleled. Comments Cato scholar Juan Carlos Hidalgo, “Hugo Chavez’s legacy of economic nationalism and authoritarian rule will haunt Venezuela and its neighbors for years to come. …The faster Venezuela and Latin America turn the page, the better.”

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