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Date: Thursday, May 16, 2013
Time: Membership Social at 7:30
Program at 8:00 p.m.

Location: Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St. (behind the Visitor's Center) Directions and Map
Access: Open to the public and free for members, students and accompanying family members, educators and active military and their dependents. $10.00 charge for non-members.

Dr. Raul Madrid


In the last fifteen years, left-wing parties or movements have taken power in most of Latin America, but these left-wing governments vary dramatically in terms of the policies they have implemented. Whereas some left governments have embraced market-oriented economic policies, others have dramatically expanded state intervention in their economies. The proposed talk will present a generational explanation for the emergence of these two very different left tendencies in Latin America. It will show that older left parties have tended to be more moderate and market-oriented than newer left movements. Older left parties experienced intense political and economic pressures to embrace market-oriented policies during the late 1980s and early 1990s. As a result, many of these parties abandoned the state interventionist policies they had traditionally advocated and shifted toward the political center. By contrast, younger left movements emerged beginning in the late 1990s when public disenchantment with neoliberal policies had grown and pressure from international financial institutions and investors to enact such policies was much less intense. Successful interventionist left parties have tended to arise in those countries where the traditional left had implemented market-oriented reforms, creating political space for more radical movements as disenchantment with neoliberalism grew.



Raúl L. Madrid is Associate Professor in the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. He specializes in Latin American politics, comparative ethnic politics, and comparative social policy. He is the author of The Rise of Ethnic Politics in Latin America (Cambridge University Press 2012) and Retiring the State: The Politics of Pension Privatization in Latin America and Beyond (Stanford, 2003) and is a co-editor of Leftist Governments in Latin America: Successes and Shortcomings (Cambridge, 2010). His articles have appeared in Comparative Politics, Electoral Studies, Journal of Latin American Studies, Latin American Politics and Society, Latin American Research Review, Political Science Quarterly, and World Politics, among other scholarly journals. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University and his B.A. in political science from Yale University. Before entering graduate school, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica and a foreign affairs analyst for a not-for-profit organization in Washington, DC.


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