Reshaping the Political Arena in Latin America


‘This volume offers the most systematic account to date on how political incorporation was approached and carried out during the Latin American region’s turn to the left. Rossi and Silva have done a masterful job at structuring the analysis, while recruiting a dream team of experts to conduct comparisons across time and countries. The breathtaking theoretical and empirical scope of this volume, as well as its careful analysis of the possible legacies of different incorporation regimes, will make it a must-read for scholars interested in ‘big questions’ that engage politics and the political sociology of the region for years to come.’

Juan Pablo Luna, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

‘After decades of exclusion, a wide range of social actors -indigenous peoples, workers, environmentalists, peasants, and others- returned to the political stage in Latin America after 1998, as postneoliberal governments came to power. An instant classic, this brilliant volume provides nuanced interpretation of the diverse ways in which the popular sectors have been reincorporated into the political systems of five South American countries.’

Laura MacDonald, Carleton University


‘Reshaping the Political Arena in Latin America has provided an invaluable set of conceptual tools, theoretical propositions, and empirical insights to guide this research agenda, and will be an enduring contribution
for these reasons.’

Sam Handlin, Perspectives on Politics

‘Reshaping the Political Arena offers the most thorough analysis of the incorporation processes carried on by different Pink Tide governments, making it an extremely timely and valuable publication. It demonstrates that the second wave of incorporation is considerably more complex and diversified than the first wave analysed by Collier and Collier.’

Hugo Goeury, Bulletin of Latin American Research

‘The volume is structured around three sections that focus on social movements, labor unions, and political parties. Each involves country pairings: Bolivia and Ecuador; Argentina and Brazil; with Venezuela placed in a category of its own. This provides a strong framework for individual chapters by specific authors. One of this book’s strengths is that the editors insist on making individual chapters fit that framework. It thus avoids the intellectual dispersion that characterizes many edited volumes. The book also brings together an impressive collection of well-known scholars.’

John Crabtree, Latin American Research Review

‘… I must commend the excellent work of Eduardo Silva and Federico Rossi in bringing to light such a valuable and tightly argued collection. (…) that is remarkably coherent across methodology, historical and analytical framework and style. I admire their work, and their capacity to bring this excellent book to fruition.’

Alfredo Saad-Filho, Journal of Latin American Studies

%d bloggers like this: