Strategies of Redistribution. The Left and the Popular Sectors in Latin America


Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 12:00pm


CGIS South, S216, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speaker: Andrés Schipani, PhD in Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
Moderator: Fernando Bizzarro, PhD student, Department of Government; Graduate Student Associate, DRCLAS

Andres SchipaniThe study analyzes the different redistributive strategies adopted by presidents during Latin America’s Left turn in the 2000s. Through a comparative analysis of Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay, it looks at the amount of control leftist presidents had over the left movement to explain different strategies of redistribution of both income and power to the popular sectors.  Counter-intuitively, the less control presidents have over the Left movement, the greater the redistribution. 

Andrés Schipani received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests lies in the areas of comparative political economy, welfare states and popular sectors’ organizations in Latin America. His dissertation analyzes Left governments’ strategies of redistribution towards the popular sectors in Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay after neoliberal reforms. Before his Ph.D studies, he conducted research on labor unions in Argentina as well as on unemployed workers’ movements in Argentina and Chile during neoliberal reforms. His research has been published by Cornell University Press and Desarrollo Económico. His research has been supported by the Tinker Foundation, the Fulbright Commission and CONICET. 

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.