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Was there a left turn in Latin America? Building a social democracy index

Gürcan, Efe Can, Otero, Gerardo and Fidan, İlayda i̇sabetli (2023) Was there a left turn in Latin America? Building a social democracy index. Latin American Perspectives, 50 (5). 162 - 184. ISSN 0094-582X

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0094582X231215314


A social democracy index designed to adjudicate among positions in the debate on the extent to which the political left in Latin America has been leftist shows empirically that both the maximalist Marxist and the liberal institutionalist perspectives are inaccurate. Most countries belonging to the so-called radical-left camp have undergone substantial social democratic achievements since their electoral victories. Moreover, the uneven distribution of social democracy performance in so-called moderate and radical camps casts serious doubt on the homogeneity of these country groupings.

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Additional Information: © 2024 Latin American Perspectives
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JL Political institutions (America except United States)
F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1201 Latin America (General)
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2024 13:42
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2024 02:33

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