POSTPONED: Dividing the People: Populism and Societal Polarization in Latin America


Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 12:00pm


CGIS South, S250, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speaker: Rodrigo Barrenechea, Postdoctoral Fellow, Weatherhead Research Cluster on Challenges to Democracy; PhD, Department of Political Science, Northwestern University

Moderator: Frances Hagopian, Jorge Paulo Lemann Senior Lecturer on Government

Do populism and polarization go together? This presentation addresses this question by comparing cases of populist parties in the Andes. It advances a new classification of populist parties based on the degree to which they divide society in their rise to power and introduces a theory to account for the observable variation in societal polarization under populist rule.

Rodrigo Barrenechea is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Weatherhead Center Research Cluster on Challenges to Democracy, at Harvard University. HE holds a PhD in Political Science from Northwestern University and a BA in Sociology from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. His research focuses on populism, political parties, and political representation 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.