Forschung Promotionsprojekt / Research Project:
"Wome’s inclusion and participation under the Venezuelan “transformative” State: between fragmentation and depolitization?"
My current research doctoral project is framed within the Venezuelan political process since 1999, the so called “revolutionary process”. Basically I am looking at the different State “transformations" and its implications for women’s political participation/organisation at a grassroots and communal level. More specifically, since 2007, the government took a step forward the transformation of the State apparatus, aiming at a new political reconfiguration of State and society. It included territorial, financial, political, and even local identity aspects. New political divisions and self-managed local organisations, with certain degree of autonomy and direct exercise of power, were promoted and created strongly from a top-down direction. Significant mobilisations at the local and regional levels, however, took place not only through electoral processes, but also with the implementation of different social policies and programs as a mechanism of redistribution of resources, power, and access to different levels of the State. These polices involved significantly (quantitatively and qualitatively) the mobilisation of different women and women’s groups, mostly those characterised as the most vulnerable, excluded, and the poorest. This research project aims at analysing and determining the implications for women’s inclusion and participation in regard to some of these state transformations during this period.