WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas
12 Nov 2015 | Video

Venezuela’s High-Stakes Legislative Elections: The December 6 Vote and What Comes Next


John Walsh
Senior Associate


Javier Corrales
Dwight W. Morrow 1895 Professor of Political Science
Amherst College

Jennifer McCoy
Distinguished University Professor of Political Science
Georgia State University

Francisco Monaldi
Fellow in Latin American Energy and Policy
Rice University

David Smilde
Charles A. and Leo M. Favrot Professor of Human Relations, Tulane University
Senior Fellow, WOLA


Harold Trinkunas
Senior Fellow and Director, Foreign Policy, Latin America Initiative
Brookings Institution

Venezuelans go to the polls on December 6 in the midst of great uncertainty about the future. GDP is expected to contract 10 percent this year while inflation may reach 200 percent next year, consumer product scarcity is exacerbated by tumbling oil income, and domestic crime and illicit drug flows contribute to high levels of insecurity. At the same time, politics in Venezuela have become acutely polarized, with both the opposition and the government highly concerned about their prospects in the upcoming National Assembly elections: the opposition believes the electoral playing field is not level, and the government faces record low public approval ratings.
In this taped event from November 9, 2015, the Brookings Institution and the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) hosted a discussion on Venezuela’s December 6 legislative elections and what they mean for the country’s future. The panel included Javier Corrales of Amherst College; Jennifer McCoy of Georgia State University; Francisco Monaldi of Rice University; and David Smilde of Tulane University. Brookings Senior Fellow Harold Trinkunas moderated the discussion and John Walsh of WOLA provided introductory remarks.