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About Celia Szusterman

Celia Szusterman is the director of the Latin America Programme at the Institute for Statecraft. She was principal lecturer in Spanish and Latin American studies at the University of Westminster; is a senior member of St Antony's College, Oxford; associate fellow of the Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London; and a trustee of the UK board of Pro-Mujer. Her publications include Frondizi and the Politics of Developmentalism in Argentina, 1955-62 (Macmillan/University of Pittsburgh Press, 1993), revised as Frondizi o la política del desconcierto (Emecé Argentina, 1996); and “‘Que se Vayan Todos!’ The Struggle for Democratic Party Politics in Contemporary Argentina”, in Paul Webb & Stephen White, eds., Party Politics in New Democracies [Oxford University Press, 2007])


Articles by Celia Szusterman

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Default or not default? That is the (Argentine) question...

Argentina's president, Cristina Kirchner, refuses to accept that the country has defaulted on its debts. But her denial can only make things worse.

An Argentine fable: Cristina Kirchner's tall stories

The successive presidencies of the Kirchner couple, Néstor and now his widow Cristina, have led Argentina since the country survived near-collapse in the early 2000s. Now, Mrs Kirchner's ideological ambition and uncertain grasp of reality are taking her political experiment in worrying directions, says Celia Szusterman.

Argentina’s energy politics: context of crisis

The decision of Argentina’s president to take a controlling stake in the country’s main oil company by outright expropriation is an act of political and economic populism that will do nothing to solve the country’s mounting economic problems, says Celia Szusterman.

Argentina: democracy by default

The successive presidencies of Néstor and Cristina Kirchner are marked by a determined effort to put the state and its capacity for co-option and patronage at the centre of Argentina’s political landscape. The fate of the human-rights group the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo casts light on how this ambition is being realised, says Celia Szusterman   

Argentina y las Malvinas: in search of reality

The revival of Argentina’s dispute with Britain over the south Atlantic island territory owes much to the political character of Cristina Kirchner’s government. But it also reveals the distance travelled since the war of 1982, says Celia Szusterman.

Argentina's broken polity

The defeat of the powerful Kirchner couple in the mid-term elections is also a story of the degradation of Argentina’s political institutions as a new form of “democracy” takes hold, says Celia Szusterman.

Argentina: celebrating democracy

The generation of civilian rule in Argentina that has followed the end of a brutal military dictatorship in 1983 is a great achievement. But these twenty-five years of democracy offer their own lessons about the flaws in the country's dominant style of governance, argues Celia Szusterman.

Pulp friction: the Argentina-Uruguay conflict

The dispute between two Latin American neighbours over the construction of two paper-mills beside the river separating them is at once local, bilateral, regional and global. Celia Szusterman tracks a kaleidoscopic story and finds a crisis of governance at its heart.

Argentina’s new president: Kirchner after Kirchner

The power-couple's presidential-transfer plan has worked to perfection. But a close reading of the election results casts a shadow on Cristina Fernández de Kirchner's triumph, says Celia Szusterman.

The Kirchner model: king and queen penguin

The "first lady" of Argentina, Cristina Kirchner, is preparing to launch a campaign to succeed her husband Nèstor as president. This is less a story of Evita Perón or Hillary Clinton than a political fix by illiberal architects of a failed model of governance, says Celia Szusterman.

Argentina's mirror: the causa Malvinas

The south Atlantic islands fought over in 1982 have played a key part in the formation of Argentina's national identity. The Malvinas "cause" thus illuminates the complexities of modern Argentinean nationalism, says Celia Szusterman.

Latin America's eroding democracy: the view from Argentina

The real Latin America story in 2006 is not of a revived, solidaristic left but of a resurgent, divisive populism that is corroding public life, reports Celia Szusterman in Argentina.

Argentina: the state we're in

Argentina's president, Néstor Kirchner, has gained the mandate he sought in the 23 October legislative elections. But the results also carry a message about the condition of Argentinean democracy itself, says Celia Szusterman.
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