Thursday, 14 July 2011

Locating Humala

A lot of people are talking about a post-neoliberal period, while others (especially in Europe) seem to think we have entered a post-social-democratic age. In Latin America, the big discussion of the last decade -- Latin America's left turn -- has also been overtaken by events.

In Peru the election of Ollanta Humala presents further challenges, as his ideolgical past and his more centrist presidential campaign makes it difficult to place him. This is not particularly new for Peru, which has had several candidates campaign from the left and then move to the right, but many thought Humala would fall snugly into the Bolivarian camp. Francisco Javier Díaz and I have written a piece for the UK's Policy Network on some of the challenges Humala, and Peru, may face in this regard.

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