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The changing face of Latin America’s political parties

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Political parties all across the Latin American political spectrum find themselves in crisis. A lot has been written about corruption in the traditional parties, the syndrome of charismatic and anti-establishment, anti-candidates who have entered politics outside of the traditional parties, the fiscal crisis of the Latin American states, among other factors that have weakened the parties that once had a lock on political power in their respective countries. The author talks about onset of the decade that a macro conceptualisation of the changing panorama of the Latin American political parties should be contemplated by taking into account the following conditioning factors: a party’s socio-historical construction and traditional base of support, structural changes in the regional economy associated with increasing globalization, U.S. hegemony and interventionism throughout the region, extra-constitutional involvement of national military forces in politics, regional networks of narcotics trafficking and paradigmatic crisis of the post-war left.

Keywords: anti-narcotics security state; armed forces; globalisation; illegal drug trafficking; interventionist policies; Latin America; neoliberalism; political parties; post-cold war crisis; regional hegemony



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