Political Theory

Contesting Liberty: History and Politics


Latin America has been one of the main battlegrounds of the conflict between populism and liberal democracy. In the last two decades Argentina, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Bolivia experienced leftist personalistic rule. The conference explored threats to liberty in historical and institutional perspectives. The discussion was in Spanish.


Conference Readings

Burgin, Angus. The Great Persuasion: Reinventing Free Markets since the Depression. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2012.

Escalante Gonzalbo, Fernando. Así empezó todo. Orígenes del neoliberalismo. Las Actas del Coloquio Lippmann. Mexico: Cal y Arena, 2018.

Escalante Gonzalbo, Fernando. Historia mínima del neoliberalismo. Mexico: El Colegio de México, 2014.

Manin, Bernard. The Principles of Representative Government. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1997.

Roberts, Kenneth M., “Populism and Political Parties.” In The Oxford Handbook of Populism, edited by Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser, Paul Taggart, Paulina Ochoa Espejo, and Pierre Ostiguy, 287-304. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017.

Urbinati, Nadia. Me the People: How Populism Transforms Democracy. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2019.

Werner Müller, Jan. ¿Qué es el populismo? Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016.