Latin American Studies Lecture Series
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, Matias Bianchi 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 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.