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    The election of Nayib Bukele in El Salvador shows how wartime polarities have dissolved into pragmatism

The election of Nayib Bukele in El Salvador shows how wartime polarities have dissolved into pragmatism

Widespread corruption and an inability to tackle grave social and economic problems left Salvadorans deeply disappointed with the post-war governments of both the conservative ARENA party and the left-wing FMLN. Through a combination of necessity and invention, Nayib Bukele was able to channel this discontent into a stunning election victory that ends the two-party alternation in place throughout the postwar […]

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    Latinos’ trust in US politicians has fallen in the Trump era, but they have also become more politically active

Latinos’ trust in US politicians has fallen in the Trump era, but they have also become more politically active

Over the past two decades, Latinos in the United States have gone from being told that they did not belong in 2006, that they held the electoral balance of power in 2012, and finally back to rejection again with the election of President Trump in 2016. Changing societal messages and sometimes outright racism in the Trump era have affected […]

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    Misjudging the military: Guaidó, Trump, and the long shadow of Venezuela’s civil-military alliance

Misjudging the military: Guaidó, Trump, and the long shadow of Venezuela’s civil-military alliance

The lack of major defections from Venezuela’s armed forces reflects both the power and the perversion of their anti-imperial, developmental, and pro-social role under Hugo Chávez, writes Asa Cusack (LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre). • n.b. republished courtesy of Al Jazeera; Creative Commons licence does not apply

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    Wilderness to wildest dreams: the remarkable rise of Bolsonaro’s Social Liberal Party in Brazil

Wilderness to wildest dreams: the remarkable rise of Bolsonaro’s Social Liberal Party in Brazil

The same disruptive tactics that swept the PSL and Bolsonaro into power may also undermine their capacity to formulate and negotiate the president’s ambitious legislative agenda, write Mark S. Langevin (George Mason University) and Edmund Ruge in the first of a two-part series on the roots and the role of the Partido Liberal Social.

Where is our political turmoil headed? Look to Bolivia

Bolivia’s recent history of political disintegration offers vital insights into how and why party systems across the West are losing their relevance. Everything points to a future where changes in the nature of work and political realignments along racial, religious, ethnic, linguistic, and territorial lines could mark the end of the liberal project, writes Jean-Paul Faguet (LSE International Development).

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    Revolt of the peripheries in Brazil: why low-income voters in wealthy regions swung from the PT to Bolsonaro

Revolt of the peripheries in Brazil: why low-income voters in wealthy regions swung from the PT to Bolsonaro

Shifts in the social and institutional conditions of the urban peripheries of Brazil’s major cities have altered political subjectivities and weakened affinities with the once-dominant Workers’ Party of Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff. With a “revolt of the peripheries” brewing, Bolsonaro was able exploit his comparative rhetorical advantage and win the presidency despite making few real commitments to address the […]

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    Acto de equilibrismo de AMLO para enfrentar los retos a la democracia y economía de México

Acto de equilibrismo de AMLO para enfrentar los retos a la democracia y economía de México

Después de ganar las elecciones de México por un amplio margen, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) asumirá la Presidencia el 1 de diciembre. Que su nuevo partido, Morena, cuente con mayorías en ambas cámaras del Congreso le facilitará la adopción de las reformas que ha propuesto. Pero expectativas, tanto sobre el declive democrático como de la continuidad económica, resultan difícil […]

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    AMLO’s balancing act: the democratic and economic challenges facing Mexico’s new president

AMLO’s balancing act: the democratic and economic challenges facing Mexico’s new president

The inauguration of Mexico’s new president Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) will take place on 1 December after his landslide win in recent elections. Common expectations about democratic decline and economic continuity appear wide of the mark, but popular consultations on Texcoco airport and ten major development projects do create new economic uncertainties, writes Graciana del Castillo (City University of New York).

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    El Chile de Pinochet nos muestra que la represión puede ser el fin de los dictadores

El Chile de Pinochet nos muestra que la represión puede ser el fin de los dictadores

Las violaciones a los derechos humanos cometidas durante la dictadura militar de Augusto Pinochet en Chile contribuyeron a una derrota electoral que determinó su salida del poder. Sorprendentemente, esto ocurrió sin que cambiaran las preferencias políticas de los ciudadanos. Por María Angélica Bautista, Felipe González, Luis Martínez, Pablo Muñoz y Mounu Prem.