"Populist Coalitions in Latin America"
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Rodrigo Barrenechea, Postdoctoral Fellow (2019-2020), Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University.
Thea Riofrancos, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science, Providence College.
Aaron Watanabe, PhD Candidate in Government, Harvard University.
Steven Levitsky, Faculty Associate; Chair, Weatherhead Research Cluster on Challenges to Democracy; Harvard Academy Senior Scholar. Director, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies; David Rockefeller Professor of Latin American Studies, Department of Government, Harvard University.
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This talk evaluates the aftermath of populism in Ecuador, Venezuela, and Bolivia. Unlike Ecuador, Venezuela and Bolivia have shown signs of societal polarization, with social class cleavages manifesting themselves in mobilization for and against populist parties and their legacies. How are these differences explained? I will argue that these parties' different trajectories of support accumulation while in power account for these outcomes.