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Tulane University

From Resistance to Neoliberalism to the Second Wave of Incorporation Workshop

October 24th, 2012 - October 27th, 2012

LBC Room 209

Comparative Perspectives on Reshaping the Political Arena in Latin America

Conference and Edited Volume Workshop
Eduardo Silva (Tulane University) & Federico M. Rossi (Tulane University)


Latin America’s neoliberal critical juncture- which began in the mid-1970s- transformed many of the region’s key social, economic, political structures, institutions, and actors. The very same process, however also generated intense waves of resistance that contributed to the resurgence of the left. A growing literature has examined the turn to left governments. But none have systematically studied how the redefinition of the organized popular sectors , their political allies, and their struggles, have reshaped the political arena to include their interests. If the neoliberal period marginalized the popular sectors, the peasantry, and the political forces that supported them from politics the turn to left governments raises expectations for a second wave of incorporation.

The conference and the proposed edited volume under discussion will address three central questions applied to the cases of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador and Venezuela: How did neoliberal adjustment and second generation reforms affect the transformation of key popular sector social and political actors, their interests, demands, and actions? How have reconstituted organized popular sectors been reincorporated into politics in left governments and what is their role in the social coalitions that support them? What are the consequences of the mode of incorporation for policy and politics? Separate panels will focus respectively on unions, political parties and social movements. Each panel will also explore sources of cooperation and tension among the principal actors and how they affect emerging conflict and consensus around key policy and political issues regarding reforms to free-market economics and procedural democracy.

Conference participants and book contributor include:
Eduardo Silva and Federico Rossi (conference conveners and general editors)
Adalberto Cardoso (Instituto Universitário de Pesquisas do Rio de Janeiro)
Ruth Berins Collier (University of California, Berkeley)
Catherine Conaghan (Queen¬'s University)
Steve Ellner (Universidad de Oriente, Puerto La Cruz)
María Pilar García-Guadilla (Universidad Simón Bolívar, Caracas)
Julián José Gindin (Instituto Universitário de Pesquisas do Rio de Janeiro)
Daniel Hellinger (Webster University, St. Louis)
Jorge León (CEDIME, Ecuador)
Pierre Ostiguy (Pontífica Universidad Católica de Chile)
Kenneth Roberts (Cornell University)
Aaron Schneider (University of Denver)
Susan Spronk (University of Ottawa)

Please see the tentative Schedule of Events here.


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Repression and Street Protests: Behavioral Underpinnings of Backlash Movements

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The Tulane University Political Science department presents a talk entitled ¬"Repression and Street Protests: Behavioral Underpinnings of Backlash Movements¬" by Susan Stokes, the John S. Saden Professor of Political Science at Yale University and Director of the Yale Program on Democracy.

Dr. Stokes research interests include democratic theory and how democracy functions in developing societies; distributive politics; and comparative political behavior. Her co-authored book, Brokers, Voters, and Clientelism (Cambridge, 2013) won best-book prizes from the Comparative Politics (Luebbert Prize) and Comparative Democratization sections of APSA. Among her earlier books, Mandates and Democracy: Neoliberalism by Surprise in Latin America (Cambridge, 2001), received prizes from the APSA Comparative Democratization section and from the Society for Comparative Research. Her articles have appeared in journals such as the American Political Science Review, World Politics, and the Latin American Research Review.

Sponsored by the Political Science department and the CIPR (Center for Inter-American Policy and Research.

For more information please contact Virginia Oliveros (

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Our 2015 events at a glance!

  • September 11th, 2015, 11:00am-1:00pm, at CIPR Paper presentation and discussion by Dr.Maria Clara Dias: ¬"The Functioning Perspective: An Alternative for a More Inclusive Moral Framework¬"
  • September 18th, 2015, 2:00-3:30pm, Greenleaf Conference Room A Talk by Dr. Tulia Falleti
  • October 9th, 2015, 2:00-3:30pm, Greenleaf Conference Room A Talk by Dr. Susan Stokes
  • October 9th, 2015, 3:30-5:00pm, Samuel Z. Stone Conference Room CIPR Post-Docs Internal Seminar
  • October 29th, 30th & 31st, 2015 The Paradox of Violence in Venezuela: A Comparative Approach. Conference, Greenleaf Conference Room
  • November 2nd, 2015, 11:00am ¬Ė 1:00pm, Greenleaf Conference Room Book presentation by Alejandro Velasco: ¬"_Barrio Rising: Urban Popular Politics and the Making of Modern Venezuela_¬"
  • November 6th, 2015, 3:30-5:00pm, Samuel Z. Stone Conference Room CIPR Post-Docs Internal Seminar
  • November 20th, 2015, 4:00-5:30pm, Greenleaf Conference Room Lecture and Reception: Dr. Rose Spalding: Contesting Trade in Central America: Market Reform and Resistance
  • December 3rd, 2015, 12:00-2:00pm, Greenleaf Conference Room Symposium on Venezuelan Elections

For more information please e-mail Jimena Leon: