In recent years a wave of protests has swept Latin America. Peru and Ecuador, Chile and Brazil, Guatemala and Colombia, Mexico and Bolivia have all seen massive protests. At the same time, regional surveys show that trust in institutions and democracy has diminished; the number of Latin Americans who believe the system is rigged against them has grown to unprecedented levels as has their tolerance for eventual coups. What explains these different expressions of regional malaise? This talk uses the concept of "republic" as the theoretical tool to assess this situation. Republic and republicanism can integrate the different dimensions (institutional, social, economic) that keep Latin America on a path that leads away from inclusive development and, therefore, towards one that produces dissatisfaction.
Alberto Vergara is a political scientist teaching at the Universidad del Pacífico in Lima, Peru. He holds a Ph.D from Université de Montréal and has lectured on Latin American politics at Harvard and Sciencespo in France. Among his recent books are Politics after violence: Legacies of the Shining Path conflict in Peru (coedited with Hillel Soifer) and La condena de la Libertad: De Túpac Amaru II al bicentenario peruano en sesis ensayos y un colofón (coedited with Paulo Drinot). His new book La república defraudada: Asomarse al malestar contemporáneo en América Latina e imaginar caminos para revertirlo will be out in April 2023.
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