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Theomai 2008, (17)

Autor: James Petras

Fuente: http://www.redalyc.org/


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Theomai ISSN: 1666-2830 theomai@unq.edu.ar Red Internacional de Estudios sobre Sociedad, Naturaleza y Desarrollo Argentina Petras, James Latin Americas Changing Mosiac: Movements in Flux and Center-Left Governments in Power Theomai, núm.
17, primer semestre, 2008, pp.
153-190 Red Internacional de Estudios sobre Sociedad, Naturaleza y Desarrollo Buenos Aires, Argentina Disponible en: http:--www.redalyc.org-articulo.oa?id=12401711 Cómo citar el artículo Número completo Más información del artículo Página de la revista en redalyc.org Sistema de Información Científica Red de Revistas Científicas de América Latina, el Caribe, España y Portugal Proyecto académico sin fines de lucro, desarrollado bajo la iniciativa de acceso abierto Latin America’s Changing Mosiac: Movements in Flux and Center-Left Governments in Power James Petras In contrast to North America and Europe, in Latin America political regimes, social movements and ideologies are in constant flux.
Within a period of a few years, the political pendulum can swing from a seemingly radical leftist wave, to center-left and even rightwing ascendancyi.
Likewise major social movements emerge, expand from local or regional power bases to significant actors on the national political scene, play a major role in dispatching right-wing regimes, support and even enter governmental coalitions and then decline, especially if they fail to achieve any of the minimum demands of their supporters.ii Despite this complex mosaic of relatively abrupt changes and shifts in political power, social configurations and ideological direction, many North American, European and Latin American writers, commentators, intellectuals and journalists are prone to sweeping generalizations covering the entire region and broad time spans, reflecting in many cases, limited experiences and time periods, which have largely become out of date.iii In most cases, these generalizations are poorly documented, impressionistic and lacking...





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