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About Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser

Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser is an Associate Professor at the School of Political Science of the Diego Portales University in Santiago de Chile. He is the co-editor, with Cas Mudde, of Populism in Europe and the Americas: Threat or Corrective for Democracy? (Cambridge University Press, 2012), and together with Juan Pablo Luna he is completing an edited volume titled The Resilience of the Latin America Right that will be published by the Johns Hopkins University Press in 2014.

Articles by Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Populism - the eternal ideology

Populism - once associated mainly with Latin America - is now part of the political mainstream in western and eastern Europe. What's behind this surge?

Elections in Chile: a triumphing centre-left and a centre-right at the crossroads

If the Chilean centre-right is interested in surviving and continuing to be a relevant electoral force, it should hear those who promote ideological renovation and resist those who favour ideological entrenchment.

Populism, its opposites, and its contentious relationship with democracy

The recent Eurocrisis has shown a fact that is relatively obvious for observers of Latin American and US politics, namely, that populism can be both right-wing and left-wing in nature, but has two opposing terms which together define it: elitism and pluralism.

Chavismo without Chávez: a populist conundrum

Those who analyse Chavismo should not forget that large sections of the Venezuelan population not only share the populist ideology, but also have emotional and rational motives for adhering to the Manichean worldview inherent in populism. 

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