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The Movement to Socialism (mas) government of Evo Morales has presented itself as offering a new “postneoliberal” project. Yet its development model, relying on the extraction and export of primary raw materials, bears resemblances to that of other governments in the past, whether oligarchic, nationalist, military, or neoliberal. Such a model seemed at odds with the government’s own innovative national and international legislative initiatives to “respect and defend Mother Earth.” While the MAS claimed to represent indigenous peoples politically at the national level, state plans for oil and gas exploitation and to build up transportation infrastructure for national...

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