Latin America: From the Crisis of Neoliberalism to the Crisis of Neo-Statism

Manuel Castells and Fernando Calderón

Title Conditional: Latin America: From the Crisis of Neoliberalism to the Crisis of Neo-Statism
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Time: 12:30 pm | Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

From left: Presidents Evo Morales, Bolivia; Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, Argentina; José Mujica, Uruguay; Dilma Rousseff, Brazil; and Nicolás Maduro, Venezuela, in 2013. (Photo by Ricardo Stuckert/PR.)
From left: Presidents Evo Morales, Bolivia; Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, Argentina; José Mujica, Uruguay; Dilma Rousseff, Brazil; and Nicolás Maduro, Venezuela, in 2013. (Photo by Ricardo Stuckert/PR.)

Read "Latin America: Economic Faultlines" by Manuel Castells and Fernando Calderón in the Fall 2015 Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies.

The rise of neoliberalism in the 1990s was reversed in most of Latin America by social and political resistance, opening the way to new populist regimes and to a state-centered model of development, particularly, but not only, in Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, and Bolivia in the first decade of 21st century. However, new social movements of various origins and ideologies, challenging the corruption of the state, are inducing a crisis of legitimacy and projecting uncertain avenues of social transformation without clearly defined socio-political actors. A new Latin America is in the making.

Manuel Castells is University Professor at the University of Southern California, and Professor Emeritus of Sociology and City Planning at the University of California, Berkeley.

Fernando Calderón was Senior Advisor for Human Development in Latin America at the United Nations Development Program. He was a Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley, Chicago, UT Austin, and Cornell.

Fernando Calderón speaks with an audience member after the talk. (Photo by Jacqueline Sullivan.)Fernando Calderón speaks with an audience member after the talk. (Photo by Jacqueline Sullivan.)

Manuel Castells speaks with an audience member after the talk. (Photo by Jacqueline Sullivan.)Manuel Castells speaks with an audience member after the talk. (Photo by Jacqueline Sullivan.)

Manuel Castells speaks at UC Berkeley.Manuel Castells speaks at UC Berkeley. (Photo by Jacqueline Sullivan.)

Fernando Calderón speaks at UC Berkeley.Fernando Calderón speaks at UC Berkeley. (Photo by Jacqueline Sullivan.)