The Coup d’État that Wasn’t. Does the Latest Revolt in Bolivia Reveal Limitations of a Concept or the Failure of Scholars Using it?
—Franz Xavier Barrios-Suvelza, Erfurt University The latest events in Bolivia unleashed a vivid polemic in the media on whether the unconventional interruption of Evo Morales’ mandate as of this 10th of November was a coup d’État. I claim that the Bolivian case reveals the need to rethink whether the category coup d’État can be reasonably applied to cases in which the ruler being ousted has himself broken constitutional rules.
How the Bolivian Constitutional Court Helped the Morales Regime to Break the Political Insurance of the Bolivian Constitution
—Sergio Verdugo, Professor, Universidad del Desarrollo (Chile); JSD candidate, New York University* In a 2016 referendum, a majority of Bolivians stopped President Evo Morales from running for a fourth Presidential term by rejecting a constitutional reform aimed at eliminating the constitutional limits on reelection.