October 16, 2013

Commercial Exchange Bolivia-EU

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The economic development of Bolivia has acquired increased importance, especially in light of next year's elections. How the Bolivian economy performs is one of the significant factors the Morales government will be evaluated on for the coming elections. Now, Bolivian international trade has been depicted as dynamic at the time of observing the overall results because the country has even been able to show a trade surplus in the last years. However, the questions remains, how does the trade activity of Bolivia looks like at a more detailed level? Given that Bolivia does not have good relations with the USA, which used to be its principal trade partner, and that the price of hydrocarbon products are not as favorable as they used to be, that put Brazil and Argentina in first and second place as partners, who comes into question?

October 05, 2013

The Redistribution of Power and Influence: The Bolivian Adjustment Efforts of its Legislative Seats

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The logical result of the Bolivian Census 2012 fiasco was a dispute over the distribution of congressional seats, as I briefly mentioned in my prior post. Well, now it is so far.

Just to clarify, I say fiasco because the results, a preliminary version presented by Morales in January 2013 and the final version in July 2013, proved to be problematic for the government and the census itself. Morales first presented the preliminary results, given to him by the statistical institute, to the public highlighting how the country had been gaining population. By the time he presented the final and official results, the same had changed somewhat in the populations of some departments. That was the reason why in the first results Santa Cruz had been highlighted as the most populous city in Bolivia, displacing La Paz to second place for the first time in history. However, in the second results, La Paz regained its place, but Santa Cruz remained in close second.