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August 10, 2023

🔮 Populists in power, constitutional change, and democratic backsliding

Jasmin Sarah König We know that there is an inherent tension between populism and liberal democracy. So how does this translate into law when populists are in power? Jasmin Sarah König and Tilko Swalve argue that constitutional changes by populist governments can have ambiguous implications for democratic quality Read more
July 28, 2023

🔮 Peronism in Argentina exemplifies the chamaeleonic nature of populism

Wolfgang Muno Wolfgang Muno and Christian Pfeiffer explore Peronism as a lens to understand Latin American populism. From its roots under Juan Domingo Perón, through neoliberal shifts, to its modern-day forms, Peronism exemplifies the chameleon-like nature of populism and its enduring appeal through a strong sense of political identity Read more
July 26, 2023

Reclaiming Indigenous sovereignty under the threat of genocide in Brazil

João Urt Despite tremendous colonial violence from the state and settler society, Indigenous leaders in contemporary Brazil stand up to perform the authority inherited from their peoples, write João Urt and Tchella Maso. It is time to recognise their diplomatic roles as sovereign mediators between their cosmologies and the Westernised world Read more
July 25, 2023

🔮 The rise of the populist radical right in Chile

Lisa Zanotti Lisa Zanotti and Gonzalo Espinoza-Bianchini explore the rise of the populist radical right in Chile, and its ideological differences from its European counterparts. They also highlight the traditional right's vital role in mitigating the mainstreaming of right-wing populist ideas Read more
July 17, 2023

Big stakes for the EU-CELAC summit

Carlos José Cruz Infante Heads of state from Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean meet on 17 and 18 July in Brussels for the long-awaited EU-CELAC summit. Despite facing a credibility crisis in the region, the EU has the tools to build a credible and strategic partnership going forward, write Carlos Cruz Infante and Johanne Døhlie Saltnes Read more
June 12, 2023

Women politicians in Colombia succeed on Twitter – depending on their ideology

Angie K. González Angie K. González and Carme Ferré-Pavia argue that social media platforms are potential equalisers allowing women politicians to circumvent traditional media biases. In Colombia, female and male politicians use Twitter in similar ways to receive similar benefits. The key variable in inequality is ideology Read more
June 7, 2023

Why the Mexican Congress is too weak to control the President

Carlos Vázquez-Ferrel The new wave of strong executives in Latin America is not only caused by their forceful attempts to push their legislative agenda, or their popularity. Carlos Vázquez-Ferrel examines the Mexican case, where there are institutional disincentives to empower Congress. The result is a weak and disillusioned legislative opposition Read more
March 23, 2023

Can Germany lead the EU’s geopolitical efforts in Latin America?

Carlos José Cruz Infante The EU could learn valuable lessons from German Chancellor Scholz’s recent official visit to South America, writes Carlos Cruz Infante. Scholz showed a diplomacy formula that could leverage the Union’s geopolitical influence in the region Read more

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