Ignorant Mobs or Rational Actors? Understanding Support for Venezuela’s “Bolivarian Revolution”
PASCAL LUPIEN addresses the presumption of irrationality of the poor and the resurgence of populism in Latin America. He considers the perspectives of supporters of the late Hugo Chávez and his “Bolivarian Revolution.” He ﬁnds that their support is based on concrete, tangible beneﬁts and that they view political developments with a more critical eye than they are generally given credit for.
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