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Post-democracy and Neoliberalism in Contemporary Latin America: The Rise of the Left Turns and the Brazilian Democratic Failure

  • Luciana Maria de Aragão Ballestrin
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Part of the Marx, Engels, and Marxisms book series (MAENMA)

Abstract

At the beginning of the 21st century, many South American countries witnessed the ascension of progressive governments supported by a range of social and popular actors. The democratic ascension of leftist and/or populist political leaderships through direct elections reinforced the consolidation of competitive and inclusive regimes inaugurated in the nineties. The so-called Left Turns in Latin America inaugurated the Post-neoliberal cycle, referred to the capacity to “bring in” the Latin American state again to the center of the public policies. Currently, the coincidence between the global ascension of authoritarianism and the regional return of the right wing can indicate the transition to a “Post-democratic” cycle in Latin America. The Brazilian case is the best example to illustrate such dynamic, synthesizing some global tendencies of the new democracies without demos.

Keywords

Neoliberalism Left Turns (Post)democracy Latin America Brazil 

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  • Luciana Maria de Aragão Ballestrin
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  1. 1.International Relations DepartmentFederal University of PelotasPelotasBrazil

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