The New Latin American Left: Utopia Reborn (Transnational by Patrick Barrett, Daniel Chavez, Caesar Rodriguez-Garavito

By Patrick Barrett, Daniel Chavez, Caesar Rodriguez-Garavito

It was once generally envisioned that the top of the chilly battle might bring about a chronic interval of US-friendly neo-liberal hegemony in Latin the US. actually, the left has re-emerged as a significant political actor. this present day, leftist or 'progressive' political forces are in govt in 9 Latin American countries, and social pursuits proceed to problem neo-liberalism in different different countries.This publication is a entire research of the wide range of leftist governments, events and routine within the zone, together with Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay and Venezuela.It is vital for college students of Latin American politics, political concept, social events and diplomacy.

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But to continue with Wright’s metaphor a bit further, it is also essential to understand the left’s point of departure and – perhaps even more crucially – the specific set of obstacles it is likely to confront as it embarks on the pursuit of those aspirations. As the above discussion strongly suggests, this is particularly relevant to Latin America, given the enormous unmet needs of the region’s population, its structurally disadvantageous position in the hemispheric and global economy, and perhaps most importantly the fierce opposition of domestic and foreign elites to progressive social and economic change.

More recently, we can observe the construction of proposals based on solidarity, justice and complementarity between nations, such as the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA) or the Bank of the South. Lastly, efforts are underway at a global level to strengthen the negotiating power of the Global South in the World Trade Organization (WTO), via alliances like the one attempted at the ministerial conferences in Cancun in 2003 and Hong Kong in 2005. qxd 31/07/2008 10:55 Page 28 T H E N E W L AT I N A M E R I C A N L E F T new and old democracies.

1998). In fact, as we will argue below, this variety and plurality of actors is one of the central characteristics of the new Latin American left. This is evident in all the case studies in this book, from the indigenous and campesino coalitions in Bolivia, Mexico and Ecuador, and the ‘broad fronts’ of social movements, to the various parties in Uruguay, Brazil and Colombia. Third, the diminished legitimacy and internal crises of traditional parties, which until recently were firmly rooted in the political systems of the entire region, have created political opportunities which the new left formations have succeeded in exploiting.

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