Spring 2017 Lecture Series Presents: Demos vs Cratos: Transformations in Political Participation in Latin America

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Fri, 04/07/2017 - 13:00 to 14:00

This presentation disputes recent works​ of mainstream political science that explain the current political crises in Latin American countries as a "democratic recession". After studying grassroots movements and new political parties the author explains that an important factor is the emergence of narratives, practices and tools that are averse to the hierarchical, institutionalized and delegative of traditional politics. This study is based on a survey to 1,094 activists from the Latin America and focus groups carried out in Honduras, Brazil and Ecuador. The characteristics of the emergent political stakeholders show a different way to participate in democracy with collaborative logics, networked practices and cosmopolitan and opened views.

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