LASP-472 Populism&Democracy in Latin America
Spring for 2017-2018
Faculty:
No term in Latin American studies is politically more controversial and conceptually more ambiguous than populism. “Populism” is commonly overused in political debates, because it is frequently invoked to disqualify opponents, as much as in political analysis, because it is convenient to quickly capture its multiple legacies. The downside of this is that we have lost conceptual rigor and historical anchorage, to the extent that we keep discussing what populism is and is not. We also face contemporary challenges: to determine whether and how “populism” contributes or impairs the region’s ongoing democratization processes. On the basis of a series of relevant cases, this graduate seminar addresses the study of populism; first, from a historical and conceptual perspective, to then move on to examine the so-called current populist experiences in the region. The study of populism is a window used to look deeper into the multiple challenges faced by democracy in Latin America.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None

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LASP-472-01 Populism&Democracy in Latin America
Spring for 2017-2018
Faculty:
No term in Latin American studies is politically more controversial and conceptually more ambiguous than populism. “Populism” is commonly overused in political debates, because it is frequently invoked to disqualify opponents, as much as in political analysis, because it is convenient to quickly capture its multiple legacies. The downside of this is that we have lost conceptual rigor and historical anchorage, to the extent that we keep discussing what populism is and is not. We also face contemporary challenges: to determine whether and how “populism” contributes or impairs the region’s ongoing democratization processes. On the basis of a series of relevant cases, this graduate seminar addresses the study of populism; first, from a historical and conceptual perspective, to then move on to examine the so-called current populist experiences in the region. The study of populism is a window used to look deeper into the multiple challenges faced by democracy in Latin America.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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