Corruption & the Dark Side of Left Wing Populism in Argentina Under the Kirchners

Feb 22 2013 4:30 pm
Gould Library Athenaeum, Carleton College

The Carleton College Department of Political Science presents the 2013 Wynia Memorial Lecture by Luigi Manzetti, Professor of Political Science, Southern Methodist University.  This event is free and open to the public.

Much of the recent literature focusing on the "new" Latin American left has compared governments of the "pragmatic socialist" and "left wing populist" varieties in terms of their effects on economic and social policies. Very little attention has been paid to how corruption has accompanied a weakening of checks and balances in the case of left wing populist presidencies. Prof. Manzetti will argue that the more the executive branch concentrates political power and becomes less accountable to institutional checks and balances, the greater the chances that corruption and misuse of scarce government funds will take place. He illustrates this in the case of consecutive husband and wife presidencies of Néstor and Cristina Fernández Kirchner in Argentina.

Luigi Manzetti holds a PhD in political science from the University of Iowa and has previously taught at Duke University and the University of Siena (Italy).  He specializes in issues that include governance, corruption, and market reforms in Latin America. His latest book is entitled Neo-liberalism, Accountability, and Reform Failures in Emerging Markets (Penn State Univ Press, 2010). Prof. Manzetti has been a consultant for the US Agency on International Development, the United States Information Agency, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.