Presidential elections in Venezuela:

What is at stake?

Open seminar  

Wednesday 26 September, 14:00 - 16:30

SUM (Center for Development and the Environment)
Sognsveien 68, 4th floor, Oslo

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On October 7th, Venezuela will hold presidential elections. Incumbent president Hugo Chávez who has held power for 14 years runs for his fourth consecutive term against the opposition candidate Enrique Capriles. The campaign has been marked by a “battle” between different polling agencies and an intensive struggle for the significant group of undecided voters (the ni-nis), but also by external disasters including a prison riot and an oil-refinery explosion and discussion about the president’s health. What is actually at stake in Venezuela? What is the likelihood for continuity or change? What would a shift in the presidency mean? And what consequences would different results of the elections have for Venezuela’s society, economy and democracy?



  • DAVID SMILDE: “The October Elections: Chávez, Capriles, and Possible Scenarios” - NB: on Skype

David Smilde holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Chicago and is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Georgia and the editor of the Blogg on Venezuelan Politics and Human Rights, He recently published Venezuela’s Bolivarian Democracy: Participation, Politics and Culture under Chávez. Durham NC: Duke University Press, (edited with Daniel Hellinger)


  • EIRIK VOLD:Chávez and the media: from “deep-fried heads” to a threat to global peace

Eirik Vold is cand. polit. and freelance journalist. He is working on a book on Hugo Chávez


  • RUBEN PEÑALVER:The civil-military relations in Venezuela: any relevance for the current elections

Rubén Peñalver holds a PhD in Venezuelan history from the Catholic University Andrés Bello in Caracas and was a professor of Cultural History at the same university until 2010. He has published particularly on the period of Romulo Betancourt and the role of the military in Venezuelan politics.



Published Sep. 18, 2012 2:04 PM - Last modified Apr. 9, 2015 3:55 PM