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Democracy and Solidarity: A Study of Venezuelan Cooperatives

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Abstract

The social transformation process currently taking place in Venezuela is radical: it has declared overall human development as its main goal, and it recognizes that people’s experience of democratic practices is crucial to attain such a goal. These ideas appear in the Venezuelan Constitution (Article 62), as well as in the discourse of government officials and institutions. They are reflected – although not without contradictions and shortcomings (with regard to cooperatives see Piñeiro, 2009) – in state policies that promote participatory democracy, not just in the political sphere but also in economic, cultural and educational realms.

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Socialist Enterprise Social Consciousness Social Interest Deliberative Democracy Market Relation 
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