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    Chile’s 2017 presidential election: the alliances and aspirations of Piñera and Guillier

Chile’s 2017 presidential election: the alliances and aspirations of Piñera and Guillier

The first round of Chile’s presidential elections has created the most unpredictable political constellation since the nation’s return to democracy in 1989. The cabals and intrigues materialising the run-up to the second round on December 17 could have long-term effects on the nation’s political culture, ideological identities and socio-economic development, write Roland Benedikter (EURAC Research, COHA, University of Wroclaw) and Miguel Zlosilo (Artool, Chile) in the third […]

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    Routes to formality: transport accessibility, skills, and labour markets in Bogotá

Routes to formality: transport accessibility, skills, and labour markets in Bogotá

Workers living close to TransMilenio bus-rapid-transit stations in the Colombian capital have a lower probability of being in informal employment, but proximity impacts differently on high- and low-skilled workers, writes Nicolás Oviedo Dávila (LSE).

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    Revisiting the developmental state: Brazil and India in the 21st century

Revisiting the developmental state: Brazil and India in the 21st century

Real and credible development in these countries means pursuing knowledge social economy visions that are genuinely autochthonous, writes Valbona Muzaka (King’s College London).

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    Brazil’s crisis of political legitimacy has opened the door to rant-and-rave populist Jair Bolsonaro

Brazil’s crisis of political legitimacy has opened the door to rant-and-rave populist Jair Bolsonaro

Though Bolsonaro has little relevant experience, a poor record as a legislator, and few economic, fiscal, or foreign-policy proposals, his ability to capitalise on widespread hostility to Brazilian politics and politicians has made him the second most popular candidate for the 2018 presidential election, writes Mark S. Langevin (George Washington University).

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    Pode o sucesso do Brasil na resposta à intersecção de desigualdades ser um modelo para o resto do mundo?

Pode o sucesso do Brasil na resposta à intersecção de desigualdades ser um modelo para o resto do mundo?

Sempre citado como tendo uma das sociedades mais desiguais do mundo, o Brasil progrediu significantemente na redução da disparidade, entre 2002 e 2013, principalmente entre os que sofrem com interseccionalidade de desigualdades múltiplas e acumuladas. Em um esboço de seu recente artigo para o Instituto de Desigualdade Internacional, Naila Kabeer (LSE International Development/Gender Studies) e Ricardo Santos (UNU-WIDER) argumentam que entender melhor o progresso brasileiro […]

Chile’s 2017 presidential election: who will win and why?

Disillusionment with the second centre-left government of Michelle Bachelet will likely see the return of the conservative right, write Roland Benedikter (EURAC Research, COHA, University of Wroclaw) and Miguel Zlosilo (Artool, Chile) in the second of a three-part series on Chile’s 2017 presidential election.

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    Chile’s 2017 presidential election: evaluating the second Bachelet government

Chile’s 2017 presidential election: evaluating the second Bachelet government

As the nation heads to the polls, the balance sheet of Michelle Bachelet’s second government is negative, write Roland Benedikter (EURAC Research, COHA, University of Wroclaw) and Miguel Zlosilo (Artool, Chile) in the first of a three-part series on Chile’s 2017 presidential election.

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    Chile’s ‘second transition’: the persistent politics of memory in the 2017 presidential election

Chile’s ‘second transition’: the persistent politics of memory in the 2017 presidential election

The “second transition” debate reveals that conflicted memories remain at the core of political legitimacy, transforming the 2017 elections into a stage where competing versions of truth, justice, and culture revive questions of the past that demand resolution in the present, writes Roberto Velázquez Quiroz (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile).

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    Is it wise to decapitate organised armed groups? The case of Colombia’s Clan del Golfo

Is it wise to decapitate organised armed groups? The case of Colombia’s Clan del Golfo

Demobilisation of this armed group is an opportunity not to be missed. In a context of FARC disarmament and a peace process with the ELN, the state can establish its presence throughout the country and smooth the road to peace, write Juan David Gélvez and Michael Weintraub (Universidad de los Andes).

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    Levantando el velo de la bondad: “la amistad” y el colonialismo de asentamiento en la Patagonia galesa de Argentina

Levantando el velo de la bondad: “la amistad” y el colonialismo de asentamiento en la Patagonia galesa de Argentina

El impulso pacífico de los galeses en un contexto global de brutalidad colonial sobresale como un modelo de generosidad. Pero esta “amistad” sirvió finalmente para reforzar el proyecto colonizador en Argentina y más allá, escribe Lucy Taylor (Aberystwyth University).