The Pink Tide governments failed because they couldn’t transform the region’s economy. But the resurgent right doesn’t have a solution to the economic crisis either — and the impasse is deepening the basis for violent, reactionary politics.
Jeffery R. Webber is presently a senior lecturer of international political economy at Goldsmiths, University of London. He will take up a new position in the Department of Politics at York University, Toronto in January 2020. His latest book is The Last Day of Oppression, and the First Day of the Same: The Politics and Economics of the New Latin American Left. He is presently at work on The Latin American Crucible: Politics and Power in the New Era, under contract with Verso.
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