Date of Award


Degree Type

Honors Thesis


International Studies

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

First Advisor

Brian Dowd Uribe


This undergraduate thesis examines how to measure the influence of the Evo Morales administration’s decolonization policies on the social inclusion of indigenous peoples in Bolivia. Given the ongoing colonial legacy of exclusion of indigenous peoples in Bolivia, the Morales administration has created a national agenda to decolonize the state and improve conditions for the marginalized, oppressed, and excluded indigenous peoples. In examining the nacionalización de los hidrocarburos, the ley de la reconducción comunitaria y reforma agraria, the plan nacional de desarrollo, the ley de la educación, the ley de deslinde, the ley de marco de autonomías, and TIPNIS, in combination with decolonization theory and previous studies, this thesis seeks to link the relationship between decolonization policy and social inclusion, as well as uncover certain contradictions between the government’s rhetoric and practice and encourage future research. While the Morales administration appears to have made progress towards decolonization and social inclusion, it has also implemented policies that contradict these efforts.