The New Latin American Left

Utopia Reborn
09 October 2008
Book

A comprehensive study of the wide variety of leftist governments, parties and movements in the region, including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay and Venezuela


It was widely predicted that the end of the Cold War would lead to a prolonged period of US-friendly neo-liberal hegemony in Latin America. In fact, the left has re-emerged as a serious political actor. Today, leftist or 'progressive' political forces are in government in nine Latin American nations, and social movements continue to challenge neo-liberalism in several other countries. This book is a comprehensive study of the wide variety of leftist governments, parties and movements in the region, including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay and Venezuela. It is essential for students of Latin American politics, political theory, social movements and international relations.
 

Authors César Rodríguez-Garavito is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Law at the University of the Andes (Bogota, Colombia) and Fellow of the Institute for Legal Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison Patrick Barrett is Administrative Director of the A. E. Havens Center for the Study of Social Structure and Social Change at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of several articles on Chilean and U.S. politics. Daniel Chavez, a fellow of the Transnational Institute, is a Uruguayan anthropologist specialising in Latin American politics, urban, social and political movements. Based in Amsterdam, he co-ordinates the New Politics Programme at TNI and has written and edited a number of books. Reviews

1. Hope Reborn: Introduction to the Study of the New Latin American Left [PDF] César Rodríguez-Garavito, Patrick Barrett, Daniel Chavez 2. Brazil. Lula's Government: A Critical Appraisal Félix Sánchez, Joao Machado Borges Neto, Rosa Maria Marques 3. Venezuela. Populism and the Left: Alternatives to Neo-liberalism Edgardo Lander 4.Uruguay. The Left in Government: Between Continuity and Change Daniel Chavez 5. Colombia. The New Left: Origins, Trajectory, and Prospects César Rodríguez-Garavito 6.Argentina. The Left, Parties and Movements: Strategies and Prospects Federico L. Schuster 7. Mexico. Yearnings and Utopias: The Left in the Third Millennium Armando Bartra 8. Bolivia. The Left and the Social Movements Luis Tapia 9. Promises and Challenges: The Latin American Left at the Start of the Twenty-first Century Atilio A. Boron 10. Depolarised Pluralities: A Left with a Future Boaventura de Sousa Santos Bibliography Notes on contributors Index