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The Impasse of the Latin American Left
by Franck Gaudichaud, Massimo Modonesi and Jeffery R. Webber
Duke University Press, 2022
Cloth: 978-1-4780-1558-1 | Paper: 978-1-4780-1821-6 | eISBN: 978-1-4780-2282-4
Library of Congress Classification F1414.3.G39 2022

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
In The Impasse of the Latin American Left, Franck Gaudichaud, Massimo Modonesi, and Jeffery R. Webber explore the region’s Pink Tide as a political, economic, and cultural phenomenon. At the turn of the twenty-first century, Latin American politics experienced an upsurge in progressive movements, as popular uprisings for land and autonomy led to the election of left and center-left governments across Latin America. These progressive parties institutionalized social movements and established forms of state capitalism that sought to redistribute resources and challenge neoliberalism. Yet, as the authors demonstrate, these governments failed to transform the underlying class structures of their societies or challenge the imperial strategies of the United States and China. Now, as the Pink Tide has largely receded, the authors offer a portrait of this watershed period in Latin American history in order to evaluate the successes and failures of the left and to offer a clear-eyed account of the conditions that allowed for a right-wing resurgence.

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