The significance of Zapatismo for democracy: Panel: The quality of democracy: leaders, parties and citizens Convenor: Laura Tedesco

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Abstract

In this paper I explore the relationship between leadership and democracy by looking at (a) the role of Subcomandante Marcos’ anticaudillista leadership style for the development of indigenous democracy in the Zapatistas communities of Chiapas; (b) the impact of the principle of ‘command while obeying’ for a reconceptualisation of democracy in Latin America. My questions are: How does Marcos anti-caudillista leadership style -structured within traditional Mayan forms of governance based on ‘command while obeying’, facilitates the democratisation of the comunidades rebeldes in Chiapas? In what ways has this kind of leadership posed qualitative challenges to existing ideas of democracy and democratic politics in Latin America? I suggest that in order to answer these questions we are required to equipped ourselves with non Eurocentric and non Western understandings of democracy and indigenous resistance which are inevitably associated to the concept of buen vivir, to which ‘democracy’ is an essential component.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 2014
EventSLAS Annual 50 years anniversary Conference 2014 - Birkbeck, University of London, 3rd-4th April , London, UK United Kingdom
Duration: 3 Apr 20144 Apr 2014

Conference

ConferenceSLAS Annual 50 years anniversary Conference 2014
CountryUK United Kingdom
CityLondon
Period3/04/144/04/14

Keywords

  • indigenous movements
  • zapatistas
  • leadership
  • democracy
  • command while obeying

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    Dinerstein, A. C. (2014). The significance of Zapatismo for democracy: Panel: The quality of democracy: leaders, parties and citizens Convenor: Laura Tedesco . Paper presented at SLAS Annual 50 years anniversary Conference 2014, London, UK United Kingdom.