Reformist Alternatives to Populism in Contemporary Latin America


Friday, November 30, 2018, 2:00pm to 4:00pm


CGIS South, S030, 1730 Cambridge Street


Speaker: Julio A. Guzman, Peruvian politician and economist

Moderator: Professor Steve Levitsky, Harvard University

The effects of worldwide structural transformations such as technological innovation, globalization, and climate change are altering the way we live in, threatening people’s values and core beliefs, causing fear, anxiety and discomfort. As a result, political polarization is arisen all over the world. In that context, a new populist rhetoric –a mixed of nationalism, authoritarism, economic protectionism, and social intolerance- is gaining terrain. “Reformist Alternatives to Populism in Contemporary Latin America” will address the nature and advancements of populism in the region and will propose both, political party renovation and democratic institutional reform, as a promising alternative.

Julio A. Guzman is a Peruvian politician and economist, leader and founder of the Partido Morado (Purple Party), a centrist political party. He ran for President in Peru’s 2016 election, climbing to second place in the polls before being excluded from the race on a bureaucratic technicality. Previously, Julio served as Vice Minister of Industry and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and as Secretary General at the Office of the Prime Minister. In that role, he was President of the Council of Vice Ministers, responsible for the coordination of multi-sectorial policies. Before joining the Government, Julio worked for a decade at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington, DC. During his tenure at the IDB, he was adjunct professor at both the University of Maryland and Georgetown University. He holds a PhD in Public Policy from the University of Maryland, and a Master in Public Policy from Georgetown University. Currently, Julio is a Yale World Fellow at Yale University.

Free and open to the public. Event co-sponsored by the Harvard University Association of Peruvian Students. 


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