Civil Society and Political Representation in Latin America (2010-2015)

Towards a Divorce Between Social Movements and Political Parties?

  • Adrián Albala

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. The Autonomization of the Social Movements Vis-a-Vis Political Parties in Latin America

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
    2. Soraia Marcelino Vieira, Michelle Fernandez, Nuno Coimbra Mesquita
      Pages 33-54
    3. Esther Parra Ramírez, Eduardo Guevara Cobos
      Pages 73-94
  3. Cases with Movements Strongly Linked to Parties

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 209-214

About this book


This book presents in-depth analyses of the wave of political protest and unrest that spread throughout Latin America between 2010 and 2015 in order to answer a question that has been challenging social scientists all over the region: why some countries have faced a divorce between their social movements and political parties while others have not? 

The contributions gathered in this volume intend to show that the logic of political representation in Latin America and its supposed “crisis” is not a common and constant feature for all region. Some countries like Chile, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico seem to have experienced a process of autonomization of its social movements vis-à-vis its institutional political system. However, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador and Uruguay have not seen such a split between civil society and the political parties.

Bringing together eight case studies of the countries mentioned and a general assessment of the situation in the whole region, this book presents some interesting findings that will contribute to the discussions about the political representation crisis in Latin America, providing valuable resources for political leaders, researchers, policy makers and social activists in the region.


Social Movements in Latin America Political Parties in Latin America Latin American Politics Latin American Spring Civil Society Social Movements Political Parties Political Representation Crisis Social Movements in Brazil Social Movements in Mexico Social Movements in Argentina Social Movements in Bolivia Social Movements in Ecuador Social Movements in Chile Political Parties in Brazil Political Parties in Argentina Political Parties in Mexico Political Parties in Bolivia Political Parties in Ecuador Political Parties in Chile

Editors and affiliations

  • Adrián Albala
    • 1
  1. 1.Universidade Federal do ABC (UFABC)Santo AndréBrazil

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-67800-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-67801-6
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