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Plurinational Constitutionalism in Bolivia. From Constitution-Making Process to The Indigenous Self-Government Statutes

Researcher name: José Luis Exeni Rodríguez

Constitutionalism, if one considers the collective knowledges and practices, can not only be transformative, but also emancipatory. This impulse (either as forward-looking, or as reverse) materializes itself beyond constitutional text. First, to make sure that the emancipatory impulse reaches law and legal institutions. Secondly, there is also an emancipatory expression in local constitutionalism from below, in dialogue with nation-state constitutionalism. By analyzing the constitution-making process, especially the nation-state vision, this research project aims to explore the plurinational constitutionalism in Bolivia, working in interaction with the current self-government law-making process of indigenous people and nations (original peasants). The project will study the paths to conform indigenous political autonomy in the organization of State Power. There will be specially two cases under study:  Totora Marka (aymara) and Mojocoya (quechua).

Keywords: Transformative Constitutionalism, Plurinationality, Intercultural Democracy, Self-Government Community Statutes, Indigenous Self-Government, Bolivia
Countries of reference: Bolivia, Ecuador