Foro Latinoamericano

~ Presenting the 2018 Foro Latinamericano ~

Populism and Democracy in Latin America

April 20-21, 2018


This year the Foro explores the phenomenon of populism in Latin America. We ask if the concept, which has been applied extensively in recent months to political movements, parties, and leaders in Europe, the United States, South and Southeast Asia, retains its analytical usefulness in comparative perspective. Specifically, is the U.S., where the phenomenon originated in its modern form during the late 19th century, a case that can be informed by the experience of populism in Latin America. We also turn to specific cases of populism in Latin America, and particularly Venezuela, where the chavista experiment has tested the limits of whether populism can coexist with liberal democracy while retaining elements of socialism and capitalism. Finally, we will apply the experiences of populism in advanced capitalist countries to inform our understanding of how populism is evolving in Latin America.

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