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17:30 - 19:00 7 March 2016

Book launch: 'Latin America's Leaders' with author Laura Tedesco


Lecture room 103 | UCL – Institute of the Americas (link Map)
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PQ | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Laura Tedesco, Director of Political Science Department, Saint Louis University, Madrid

Latin America is widely known for its leaders. It is a continent that has produced political leaders that have gained global recognition – for good and ill. It is closely associated with leaders whose political projects have resonated far beyond their own countries. The book Latin America´s Leaders (ZED Books, 2015) explores the reasons behind the emergence of different types of leaders in post-crisis scenarios. It does this in five Latin American countries: Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela and Uruguay. The book is based on 285 interviews with former Presidents, Vice-Presidents, MPs, mayors and party leaders. The aim of the interviews was to learn how leaders interpret democratic quality and how far they perceive themselves as the architects of democracy. It also explores the reasons why the return to democracy has not changed Latin America’s tendency to generated extremely dominant leaders.


Oscar Martinez
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