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In Latin America, Populism Is Alive and Well

Aug 15, 2017 | 08:00 GMT
By understanding the underlying conditions that enabled the rise of strongmen like Argentina's Juan Domingo Peron or Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, we can more easily spot the early signs of populism flaring in the region once again.

Powerful leaders have gained a reputation in Latin America as the glue holding society together in times of great strain.

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The appeal of populist leaders has faded in Latin America, along with the generous spending programs that cemented their rule. While low commodity prices make it harder to curry favor, populist agendas will continue to manifest for years to come. ...

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