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Pachakutik and the Rise and Decline of the Ecuadorian Indigenous Movement

By Kenneth J. Mijeski and Scott H. Beck

“Mijeski and Beck's book is a concise, tightly argued, briskly written, theoretically grounded and dispassionate, though far from dry, work of political science, with some harsh truths to tell (echoed by some of the indigenous leaders whom they have interviewed over time).”

International Affairs

“An excellent work…. Without a doubt, (Pachakutik) will become a reference for all those who are interested in analysing indigenous politics after the Decade of Indigenous Peoples.”

Bulletin of Latin American Research

“The argument (in Pachakutik and the Rise and Decline of the Ecuadorian Indigenous Movement) is coherent and convincing…. (T)he book presents a well-written, easy to follow and comprehensive overview for those interested in the development of the Ecuadorian indigenous movement.”

Political Studies Review

“A fascinating and well-researched account. This book is mandatory reading for students of indigenous politics.”

Carlos de la Torre, coeditor of The Ecuador Reader

The mobilization of militant indigenous politics is one of the most important stories in Latin American studies today. In this critical work, Kenneth J. Mijeski and Scott H. Beck examine the rise and decline of Ecuador’s leading indigenous party, Pachakutik, as it tried to transform the state into a participative democracy.

Using in-depth interviews with political activists, as well as a powerful statistical analysis of election results, the authors show that the political election game failed to advance the causes of Ecuador’s poor or the movement’s own indigenous supporters. Pachakutik and the Rise and Decline of the Ecuadorian Indigenous Movement is an extraordinarily valuable case study of Ecuador’s indigenous movement and the challenges it still faces.

Kenneth J. Mijeski is professor emeritus of political science at East Tennessee State University. He has coauthored essays in various journals, including the Latin American Research Review, The Latin Americanist, Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies, and Annals of the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies (SECOLAS).   More info →

Scott H. Beck is a professor of sociology at East Tennessee State University. He has coauthored essays in various journals, including the Latin American Research Review, The Latin Americanist, Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies, and Annals of the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies (SECOLAS).   More info →

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Additional Praise for Pachakutik and the Rise and Decline of the Ecuadorian Indigenous Movement

“A wonderfully insightful analysis of the rise and fall of one of the most important and powerful social movements in the Americas.”

Marc Becker, author of Indians and Leftists in the Making of Ecuador’s Modern Indigenous Movements

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