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Revista Ciencia y Cultura

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MATTHES, Britta Katharina. Plurinational or Plural? Exploring the Transformation of the Bolivian State Through the Autonomies. Rev Cien Cult [online]. 2019, vol.23, n.42, pp. 167-185. ISSN 2077-3323.

In 2009, Bolivia became the first "Plurinational State" of the world. The idea of plurinational is closely related to the autonomy of indigenous peoples, and it is for this reason that the present work delves into the process of transformation of the State in relation to the matter of autonomy. The argument developed is based on three demands for autonomy relating to very distinct projects developed within the Plurinational State: autonomy as self-determination of peoples, as decentralization and as self-determination of the Bolivian people. Hence the present Bolivian State seems more plural as compared to its past forms. Nonetheless, the plurinational mode does not correspond to the plurinational legislative idea, which called for the decolonization of the State. Nor has there been a resolution of the conflicts and tensions which exist between the different projects of autonomy, which is an indication that the process of decolonization has not taken place.

Palabras clave : Bolivia; State; plurinational; autonomy; indigenous-native-villager autonomy; decentralization.

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