Hugo Chavez, Evo Morales, Fidel and Raul Castro – these charismatic leaders are not the first to capture the hearts and minds of Latin Americans. The legacy of left-wing populist leaders in Latin America has been studies by many scholars, such as Francisco Panizza, who spoke on the topic last fall at NYU. Some scholars, including former CLACS faculty member Rafael Sanchez, have argued that Latin America is uniquely prone to populist leadership.
Patricio Navia, a CLACS affiliated faculty member, and political analyst and columnist, has something to add to the debate. In an interview with Daisy Banks of “The Browser,” he argues various points regarding Latin America – its unmet potential, the legacy of colonialism, political models, and economic history.
As part of the interview, he suggests five books that, combined, provide compelling analyses of Latin American politics.
- The Contemporary History of Latin America, by Tulio Halperín Donghi
- Forgotten Continent, by Michael Reid
- Left Behind, by Sebastian Edwards
- The Economic History of Latin America since Independence, by Victor Bulmer-Thomas
- Leftovers, by Jorge G Castañeda and Marco A Morales
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Posted by Von Diaz – MA Candidate at CLACS / Global Journalism at NYU