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About John Crabtree

John Crabtree is a research associate at Oxford University's Centre for Latin American Studies.

Articles by John Crabtree

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Clare Sambrook

Clare Sambrook, investigative journalist, co-edits Shine a Light.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The new Andean politics: Bolivia. Peru, Ecuador

A "pink wave" across three Latin American states has lifted to power radical presidents committed to a pro-indigenous but also developmentalist agenda. John Crabtree surveys their record and assesses the challenges they face in the coming years.

Bolivia: after the vote

A further decisive win for Evo Morales should settle debate about Bolivia's new constitution. But the divisions the campaign exposed ensure a bumpy ride ahead, says John Crabtree. 

Bolivia: new constitution, new definition

A constitutional referendum is another landmark in Bolivia's fractious but exciting political landscape, says John Crabtree. 

Evo Morales and Bolivia: the next campaign

An agreement over Bolivia's constitution sets the stage for another epic political year, says John Crabtree.

Peru: the politics of social protest

A centralised state, a blocked polity, ineffective parties, endemic poverty, regional discontent, official corruption, rising inflation - Peru needs more then a change in government personnel, says John Crabtree.  

Bolivia’s political ferment: revolution and recall

Bolivia's latest round of voting highlights the issues - political and economic, constitutional and regional - dividing the country, and challenges its political leaders to a new accommodation, says John Crabtree.

Alan García and Peru: a tale of two eras

The Peruvian president's neo-liberal reinvention has yet to win the hearts or raise the life-chances of millions of his poor compatriots, says John Crabtree.

Bolivia’s democratic tides

A series of votes on regional autonomy is testing Evo Morales's political project and challenging Bolivians to find new ways of living together, says John Crabtree.

Santa Cruz’s referendum, Bolivia's choice

A multidimensional argument over autonomy for Bolivia's eastern region is reaching a climax. John Crabtree explains what's at stake

Bolivia’s controversial constitution

The approval of a constitution embedding new rights for Bolivia's indigenous majority has opened new political battlelines, says John Crabtree.

Alberto Fujimori’s return: a political timebomb

The former Peruvian president's extradition from Chile is ostensibly a victory for justice. But it presents its current leader Alan García with some awkward problems, says John Crabtree.

Bolivia: a tale of two (or rather three) cities

The suspension of Bolivia's constitutional process reflects bitter internal divisions over the country's political direction and even identity, says John Crabtree.

Peru: dilemmas of power

A rising arc of regional and social protest faces Alan García’s government with tough political choices, says John Crabtree.

Latin American democracy: time to experiment

In Ecuador, Bolivia, and Venezuela, leaders are seeking new sources of political legitimacy in which participation is at the heart, reports John Crabtree.

Peru: outing the NGOs

A proposed new law restricting NGOs operating in Peru is connected to the way Alan García's government is handling a complex political inheritance of civil war, human-rights violation, and authoritarian rule, says John Crabtree.

Bolivia: the battle for two-thirds

The procedural disputes in the body elected to draft a new Bolivian constitution reflect the country's deep social and regional polarisations, says John Crabtree.

Alan García's second coming

Alan Garcia returns to the presidency of Peru as a far less radical figure than in the 1980s, but the political and institutional challenges facing him are just as great, reports John Crabtree.

Evo Morales: the force is with him

Bolivia's people have endorsed their new president's plans to amend the constitution, but the strong vote for regional autonomy is a foretaste of serious argument to come, says John Crabtree.

The return of Alan García

The second presidency of Alan García will test his claim to have learned from the mistakes of the first, reports John Crabtree.

Peru: the institutional deficit

Whether Ollanta Humala or Alan García wins Peru's election on 4 June, a project to reform Peruvian governance will be essential, says John Crabtree.

Bolivia stakes its claim

Evo Morales's decision to take control of Bolivia's energy resources is a declaration of political intent that will reverberate across Latin America, says John Crabtree.

Peru's chessboard

The identity of Ollanta Humala's challenger in the second round of Peru's presidential election may have a decisive bearing on the result, says John Crabtree.

Peruvians prepare to bite back

The institutions are discredited, the people angry. Peru on election eve is hungry for change, reports John Crabtree.

Evo Morales's challenge

Bolivia's first indigenous president has made a confident start, but if he falters the political vultures will soon circle, says John Crabtree. 

An Andean crisis of democracy

The political elites in Latin America's southern Andes - Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador - face a restless population hungry for better government and a fairer society, writes John Crabtree. 

Bolivia on the brink

A constitutional manoeuvre that disadvantages Evo Morales, the radical contender for Bolivia's presidency, is intensifying the Andean republic's pre-election turmoil, writes John Crabtree. 

Peru: the next Andean domino?

The president is deeply unpopular, most people are poor, the party system is stuck and its leaders are distrusted. So will Peruvians, like their Bolivian and Ecuadorian neighbours, revolt? John Crabtree examines a Lima conundrum. 

Bolivia's retreat from civil war

An emergency political deal has defused escalating conflict in Latin America's poorest country, but the story of a dynamic popular protest is far from over, says John Crabtree. 
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