Chavismo is the name given to the left-wing political ideology based on the ideas, programs and government style associated with the present president of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez.Morsbach, Greg. BBC News (6 December 2005). Chavista is a term to describe strong supporters of Chavez, which is closely associated with support for Chavismo.
A 2002 article in The Boston Globe said chavismo "fueled the eruption of public fury that swept the charismatic and confrontational president back into power after a group of military officers deposed him for two days in April in favor of a businessman-president," adding that the "Chavismo phenomenon has almost religious qualities."Ceaser, Mike. Chavez followers stay loyal despite Venezuela Crisis. Boston Globe (17 December 2002). pg. A.33
Writing in The Weekly Standard, Thor Halvorssen Mendoza says that "At core is a far-reaching foreign policy that aims to establish a loosely aligned federation of revolutionary republics as a resistance bloc in the Americas".