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A.C. CLARK was born and raised in Venezuela. He holds academic degrees from both Venezuelan and American universities, and has taught in both countries as well. One of Clark’s areas of specialization is political theory, and he regularly publishes and lectures on this and related topics.
During the forty or so years that preceded Hugo Chávez’s seizing of power, Venezuela had the most stable democracy in Latin America, as well as the fastest-growing economy and the highest standard of living in the region. Since Chávez took power in 1999, however, things have changed radically.