New populism or new authoritarianism in Latin America? Comparing political changes in Brazil and Mexico

Seminar with Prof. Laurence Whitehead, Oxford University

Left: Jair Bolsonaro; credit: Alan Santos Right: Andrés Manuel López Obrador, credit: Wikimedia

Between December 1st and January 1st, the two Latin American giants, Mexico and Brazil, both got new governments that herald significant political changes. Leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador has promised a “fourth transition” in Mexico, while Brazil’s right-wing Jair Bolsonaro has promised to put Brazil first. Both have been called “populist”, while Bolsonaro is frequently also called authoritarian. How do the political ideas and practices of the two candidates compare? What will their ascent mean for democratic institutions in Latin America's two largest countries?


Laurence Whitehead. Credit: Nuffield College

In this seminar, Prof. Laurence Whitehead, Senior Research Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford University, will discuss these questions based on recent fieldwork in Brazil and Mexico. He is one of the most highly renowned experts on Latin American democracies, having studied political institutions in the region for over five decades.







Published Apr. 5, 2019 1:20 PM - Last modified May 11, 2019 11:39 AM