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Democracy in Latin America: Regression or Resilience?

by Richard Meckien - published Feb 25, 2024 02:25 PM - - last modified Mar 01, 2024 11:50 AM

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de Mar 13, 2024 - 02:00 PM
a Mar 13, 2024 - 05:00 PM


Alfredo Bosi Room, IEA

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For a long time, Latin America seemed to be one of the success stories of the “third wave” of democratization. Following democratic transitions in the 1980s and early 1990s, most countries in the region appeared to be on the path to democratic consolidation in the 2000s and early 2010s. In recent years, however, Latin America’s democratic consolidation has begun to unravel amid major populist challenges from both the left and the right. The global “polycrisis” with interlocking challenges such as the Covid-19 pandemic, economic recession, climate change, and the increasingly assertive role of autocratic powers like China and Russia is exerting further pressures on democratic regimes.

This workshop will study the current trends of democratic regression and autocratization, but also instances of resilience and possibilities to defend democracy in Latin America. It will explore the ambiguous relationship between populism and democracy as well as the connections between democracy and (economic and political) liberalism.

Opening: José Álvaro Moisés (IEA)

Presenters: Aaron Schneider (University of Denver), Carlos Meléndez and Lisa Zanotti (Universidad Diego Portales), and Thomas Legler (Universidad Iberoamericana).

Chair: Brigitte Weiffen (The Open University)

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IPSA Research Committee 34 Quality of Democracy ( democracy)
Quality of Democracy Research Group at the IEA


Free and public event | Registration is not required
Online event (| No attendance certification will be provided
The event will be held in English and will be no simultaneous translation into Portuguese


2:00 pm Opening: Guilherme Ary Plonski (IEA) and José Álvaro Moisés (IEA)
Coordenação: Brigitte Weiffen (The Open University, Reino Unido)

2:10 pm - 5:00 pm



Democracy, Dictatorship: Evolutionary Categories and Responses - Aaron Schneider (University of Denver)


"Comunismo o Libertad(es)" in the Iberosphere. Examining Far-Right Candidates’ Discourse - Carlos Meléndez e Lisa Zanotti (Universidad Diego Portales)


The Autocrats’ Manual and Defending Democracy in Latin America - Thomas Legler (Universidad Iberoamericana)


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Lourdes Sola (USP's Faculty of Philosophy, Languages and Literature, and Human Sciences)


Maria Hermínia Tavares de Almeida (USP's Faculty of Philosophy, Languages and Literature, and Human Sciences, and the Brazilian Center of Analysis and Planning)


Camila Rocha (Brazilian Center of Analysis and Planning)

5:00 pm Closing