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The Pendulum Swung Back: A Post-Mortem of the 2019 Argentina Presidential Election

Authors: Adam S. Dohrenwend*, University of Kansas
Topics: Latin America, Political Geography, South America
Keywords: Latin America, political geography, electoral geography
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/9/2020
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:15 PM
Room: Virtual Track 1
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Latin American politics has long been described as a pendulum, in which electoral favor swings back and forth between ideologically right-wing and left-wing candidates. In Argentina, last year represented another swing of this political pendulum. Under the previous administration of Mauricio Macri, the first elected President in 99 years representing neither the Peronist nor the Radical Civil Union factions, neoliberal policies were implemented in hopes of attracting foreign investment in an underperforming and fragile economy. Though gradually implemented, the negative consequences of these policies, designed in hopes of reintegrating Argentina into the global marketplace, fell largely on the already economically-marginalized. Ousting Macri from office in the first round of last year's election, Alberto Fernandez has served as President since December — catapulting his running-mate Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (a polarizing former president) back into Casa Rosada as Vice President. This talk seeks to examine the campaign and geographically analyze its results.

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