Populism for the Middle Class

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Speaker : Tobias Boos (University of Vienna)

Title : Populism for the Middle Class

Abstract :

The middle class receives little attention in the existing literature on populism (in Latin America). When research does address the Latin American middle class, it usually focuses on urban social mobilizations against populist governments. In contrast to widespread assumptions in research on populism and the middle class, I argue in my presentation that sections of the middle class were an important pillar of support in the case of populist governments in Argentina between 2003 and 2015. I combine insights from political economy and social structure analysis with analysis of political identities from research conducted between 2013 and 2019. The findings raise further questions about the structural limitations of governments in the Global South in creating political consent among the middle class.

Book: Populismus und Mittelklasse. Die Kirchner-Regierungen zwischen 2003 und 2015 in Argentinien. Bielefeld: transcript. 2021, open-access, https://www.transcript-verlag.de/978-3-8376-5782-1/populismus-und-mittelklasse/?number=978-3-8394-5782-5


Tobias Boos (Dr.) Assistant Professor (Uni. Ass.) at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Vienna. Since 2020 he has been deputy head of the Research Network Latin America founded by the rectorate of the University of Vienna.He conducts research in the field of international politicsespecially on the Latin America region. His research focuses on international political economy, (left) populism, and state theory of the Global South. In recent years, he has been particularly interested in the relationship between social structure and political identity. He recently published the book Populismus und Mittelklasse (2021) and co-edited Sozialstrukturen in Lateinamerika. Dynamiken und Akteure im 21. Jahrhundert (2021). 

  • When ?

Friday 25 November 2022 from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm

  • Where ?

ULB - Campus du Solbosch

Institut de Sociologie (building S)

Room Doucy - 12th floor - Room 123

44 avenue Jeanne - 1050 Bruxelles