Pachakuti in Bolivia (2008-2010). A Personal Diary


  • James Dunkerley Queen Mary, University of London



Audiencia de Charcas, New Political Constitution of the State, Plebiscitary Democracy, Plurinational State, Pachakuti


The writing of this personal Diary approaches crucial public “moments” in Bolivian history and connects them with present debates around the exercise of democracy in the context of the New Political Constitution of the State (2006) and of the recently founded Plurinational State (2010). In an effort to embrace a Pachakuti logic, the writing avoids a strict chronological order of the facts, rather unfolding a concern with the ‘historicity’ of where Bolivia now stands and where she might be ‘going.’ The Diary begins on February 7, 2009 (inauguration of the new Political Constitution of the State) and concludes on February 13, 2010 (with a report of the British newspaper The Guardian commenting that the government of Evo Morales has created a Space Agency and plans to launch, in 2013, a satellite that will be called Tupac Katari).