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Populism: Latin America in Comparative Perspective

February 15th, 2019

On the 15th of February, CIPR (Tulane University) held an international Conference on Populism. There were three panels: in the first, Populism and Democracy, Enrique Peruzzotti (Universidad Di Tella, Argentina), Gerardo Aboy (Universidad de San Martin, Argentina) and Raul Sanchez Urribarri (La Trobe University, Australia) analyzed the dynamics of populism in power, the pertinence of certain theoretical assumptions about classic populism, and the connections between populist regime politics and judicial dynamics. In the second panel, Populism, Parties and Ideology, David Smilde (Tulane University, USA), Moira MacKinnon (Universidad de Tres de Febrero, Argentina) and Humberto Cucchetti (CONICET, Argentina) explored the functions of populist ideology in generating support among the population, the relations between leader and followers within a populist party, and the connections between the Pope‘€™s ideology and Peronism. In the final panel, Global Populism, Andres Malamud (Lisboa University, Portugal), Carlos Waisman (University of California, San Diego, USA) and Manuel Anselmi (Unitelma Sapienza, Italy) examined the effect of populism in presidential meetings for regional integration, the different generative contexts of populism in Latin America, Europe and the US, and the development of various theoretical interpretations of populism in a global perspective.

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Critical Issues in Democratic Governance: Spring 2019 CIPR Series

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Latin America faces major threats to democratic governance, but there are also new opportunities for grassroots mobilization and social policy expansion. In Critical Issues in Democratic Governance the Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research will host speakers to discuss emerging issues that have surfaced in democratic governance in the region. In Brazil, the AIDS movement constructed a powerful new advocacy coalition, with coordination between bureaucrats and activities. In Argentina and Brazil, there are sharp contrasts in the social welfare policies that governors and mayors have implemented, with profound consequences for livelihood of the poor and marginalized. Finally, the outbreak of violence across Latin America, under democratic regimes raises questions about how criminal organizations compete for influence over transnational illicit networks and infiltrate the state.

Spring 2019 Schedule

February 8, 2019
State-Sponsored Activism: Bureaucrats and Social Movements in Democratic Brazil
Jessica Rich, Marquette University

February 22, 2019
4:00 – 6:00 PM
Greenleaf Conference Room in Jones 100A
Uneven Social Policies: The Politics of Subnational Variation in Latin America
Sara Niedzwiecki, University of California, Santa Cruz

April 5, 2019
Homicidal Ecologies: Illicit Economies and Complicit States in Latin America
Deborah Yashar, Princeton University

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