PSCI 351
The New Left and Neoliberalism in Latin America Spring 2019 Division II; Writing-Intensive; Difference, Power, and Equity; Cross-listed as GBST351 / PSCI351

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Recent years have seen a resurgence of the political left in Latin America. This course seeks to understand the origins of this new left, the ideas and character of its protagonists, the neoliberal philosophy it opposes, and the arena of democratic politics it inhabits today. We first read polemics from both sides, before stepping back to consider Latin American political economy, including the twentieth-century left, from a more historical and analytical perspective. With this preparation, we then look more closely at major contemporary figures and movements in Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Brazil, and other countries. After considering explanations of the rise of the left and assessments of its performance in power, we end our common readings by asking what it might mean today to be on the left in Latin America–or anywhere–both in policy and political terms.
The Class: Type: lecture/discussion, then seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 15
Class#: 3571
Requirements/Evaluation: three short essays, a 1-page reflection paper, and a 12-page research proposal
Prerequisites: a course on Latin America and a course in Economics or permission of the instructor
Enrollment Preference: Political Science majors
Distributions: Division II; Writing-Intensive; Difference, Power, and Equity;
Attributes: GBST Latin American Studies Electives; POEC Comparative POEC/Public Policy Courses; PSCI Comparative Politics Courses; PSCI Research Courses;

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