Lessons from Bolivia’s “Left Turn” (and Post-Electoral Scenarios)


Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 12:00pm


CGIS South, S216

Speaker: Santiago Anria, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Latin American Studies, Dickinson College
Moderator: Fernando Bizzarro, PhD student, Department of Government; Graduate Student Associate, DRCLAS

headshot of Santiago AnriaWhat has gone right and what has gone wrong with the region’s so-called “left turn” that started in the early 21st century and that is arguably receding today? This presentation will examine the lessons from the left turn. It will focus on Bolivia, where the left in power remains popular, vibrant, and electorally competitive. It will discuss the major trend lines in the past decade, through the October 2019 presidential elections, in order to assess the direction of current trajectories in the country.

Santiago Anria  (PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) is assistant professor of political science and Latin American studies at Dickinson College. He is the author of When Movements Become Parties: The Bolivian MAS in Comparative Perspective(Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics, 2018). His research on social movements and political parties has appeared in journals including Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, the Journal of Democracy, Studies in Comparative International Development, and Latin American Politics and Society. 

Fernando Bizzarro is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Government at Harvard and a Graduate Student Associate to the DRCLAS. A political scientist from Brazil, he researches the nature, causes, and consequences of democracy and political parties in Latin America.

The Tuesday Seminar Series is a bring your own brown bag lunch series. Please feel free to enjoy your lunch at the lecture, drinks will be provided.