It will take well-designed alternative institutions and robust popular movements to create a better world. Gabriel Hetland explores the complicated relationship between institution- and movement-building that has taken place in Venezuela’s “Bolivarian Revolution”, highlighting the lessons activists and scholars in the US might learn from this.
Gabriel Hetland is a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. His research examines participatory democracy in Latin America and the US, focusing on the relationship political parties, the state and social movements. He has also been involved with efforts to bring participatory budgeting to the US through the Participatory Budgeting Project.