Democratic Backsliding in Contemporary Latin America


Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 12:00pm to 1:20pm

This event is part of a virtual series. To watch the recording, click here

Speakers: Manuel Melendez-Sanchez, PhD candidate in Political Science, Harvard University; Santiago Anria, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Latin American Studies, Dickinson College; Calla Hummel, Assistant Professor in Political Science, University of Miami; Carmen Aída Lazo, Dean of the School of Economics and Business at Escuela Superior de Economía y Negocios de El Salvador
Discussant: Robert Kaufman, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University
Moderated by: Steven Levitsky, Director, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies; Professor of Government, Harvard University

Latin America has experienced multiple episodes of democratic backsliding in recent years. This panel will examine two of the most recent episodes: Bolivia and El Salvador. Panelists will explore how much backsliding has occurred in each country, why it occurred, and what the prospects are for democratic recovery. Robert Kaufman, who has written extensively on issues of democratic backsliding, will serve as discussant.

Presented in collaboration with Weatherhead Center for International Affairs