1st Edition

Argentina’s Right-Wing Universe During the Democratic Period (1983–2023) Processes, Actors and Issues

Edited By Gisela Pereyra Doval, Gastón Souroujon Copyright 2024

    Argentina’s Right-Wing Universe During the Democratic Period provides a comprehensive analysis of the course of right-wing politics in the country in the last 40 years.

    In 1983, after the fall of a violent military regime, Argentina began the longest period of democratic stability in its history—40 years marked by economic, institutional, social and political crises. This book examines the trajectory of the different right-wing organisations and ideological developments during these years, seeking to understand both the distinctions and the continuities that lie beneath its metamorphoses. Argentina has always acted as a laboratory in which to appreciate how the major problems and questions that concern those who have studied the right-wing in recent decades are translated into a particular political culture. In an international scenario marked by the social and political growth of different right-wing movements, some of which pose a threat to liberal democracies, the study of the Argentine case can provide greater clarity and a different perspective on problems that transcend this specific national case.

    This book will be of interest to scholars of Argentinian and Latin American politics and history, as well as specialists on the comparative politics of the radical right.

    Introduction: The Kaleidoscope of Argentine Right-Wing Politics  

    Gastón Souroujon  and Gisela Pereyra Doval

    1. Cold War, Peronism and Anti-Communism in Argentina (1943-1983)  

    Ernesto Bohoslavsky and Marina Franco  

    2. The Configuration of the Right-Wing World During the Last Civic-Military Dictatorship in Argentina  

    Paula Canelo  

    3. Political Right-Wing and Democracy  

    Sergio Morresi  

    4. When Peronism Met the New Right. The Menem Administration (1989-1999): Between Neoliberalism and Neopopulism  

    Gastón Souroujon  

    5. Everything Solid Vanishes in the Air: The Rise to Power of Cambiemos in Argentina  

    Dario Rodriguez  

    6. Democracy, Authoritarianism and Conservative Power in Provincial Territories: Asynchronies, Tensions and Articulations in a Federal State  

    Cecilia Lesgart and Celeste Schnyder  

    7. Republic and Right-Wing Politics in Argentina. Republican Traditions and Democracy: from UCEDÉ to PRO  

    Gabriela Rodríguez Rial  

    8. Conceptual Configuration of the Rights in the Role of the Armed Forces during Argentina’s Democracy: Oscillations, Connections and Challenges  

    Andrea Bolcatto  

    9. Right-Wing Political Parties in Argentina (1983–2022)  

    Juan Bautista Lucca and Marcos Pérez Talia  

    10. Gaining Light From the Shadows. Economic Elites and the Right-Wing in Argentina in the Last Democratic Era  

    Alejandro Pelfini, Gabriel Levita and Luis Miguel Donatello  

    11. The Constitution of Right-Wing Collective Action Repertoire in Democratic Argentina  

    Esteban Iglesias  

    12. Forking Paths?  Right-Wing Intellectuals After the Democratic Restoration  

    Martín Vicente and Boris Matías Grinchpun  

    13. The Catholic World in the Face of Democracy  

    Luis Miguel Donatello  

    14. Modulations of the Right-Wing Faced to Feminism: Reactions, Nuances and Discursive Radicalisation  

    Mariana Berdondini and Lucia Vinuesa  

    15. A “Right-Wing” Media System? Structure, Concentration and Polarisation in Argentine Media Between 1983 and 2020  

    Martín Becerra and Natalí Schejtman  

    16. “Change Is to the Right”. Youth Participation and “New Right-Wing Formations” in the 2018–2021 Cycle  

    Melina Vázquez  

    17. Of Patriots and Globalists: The Right’s Influence on Argentina-United States Relations  

    Federico Merke and Gisela Pereyra Doval  

    18. Views on Latin American Regionalism and Argentine Insertion in the Regional Landscape: A Typology of the Argentine Political Right  

    María Victoria Alvarez and Sergio Caballero  

    19. Argentina's New Right-Wing and Bilateral Regional Ties: Building an External Agenda in a Debate Between Ideas and Pragmatism  

    Natalia Ceppi and María Elena Lorenzini  

    Epilogue: Right-Wing Actors, Ideas and Historical Conditions in the Democratization Waves in Argentina and the Southern Cone. A Comparative Perspective  

    Verónica Giordano  


    Gisela Pereyra Doval is a researcher at Argentina’s National Scientific Research Council (CONICET) and Assistant Professor in International Relations Problematic at National University of Rosario (UNR), Argentina.

    Gastón Souroujon is a researcher at Argentina’s National Scientific Research Council (CONICET) and Assistant Professor in Classical and Contemporary Political Theory at National University of Rosario (UNR) and National University of Litoral (UNL), Argentina.

    'The study of right-wing politics has largely been ignored in Latin America in the twenty first century, as the region was defined by, and focused on, the pink tide of left populism. But as the fourth wave of the far right has washed ashore, it is crucial that journalists and scholars do not only look at similar movement abroad but also study the recent past of the domestic right-wing. This excellent edited volume on the right-wing in Argentina connects the past and present, stability and transformation, and national and regional developments. A blueprint for studies in other countries in the region!'

    Cas Mudde, University of Georgia, USA

    'The book, assembling a wide ranging group of contributors, addresses a subject outside the conventional range of studies on modern Argentina and Latin America, one likely to become increasingly salient during the current era of conservative populism.' 

    David Rock, University of Cambridge, UK

    'This is the first comprehensive book on the evolution of the Argentine right since 1983, in all its sectors and complexity. Including historical background and approaches ranging from political science, political philosophy, intellectual history, and gender and cultural studies, this timely and fascinating book provides an indispensable road map for understanding the shifts and transformations within the right in this country, as well as how international events and currents have affected it.' 

    Sandra McGee Deutsch, University of Texas, USA

    'This book is, truly, everything you always wanted to know about the right in Argentina —politically, ideologically, institutionally, and historically— particularly since the return to democracy. It shows how, in so many different fields, two broad traditions of the right, both at odds with popular rule through most of the twentieth century, transformed themselves in a kaleidoscopic way (and in interaction with international trends), adapting to electoral politics. The various manifestations of the right are examined both in opposition and in power, either with Menem’s Peronist government or Macri’s anti-Peronist government. The contributions, analyzing political parties, social actors, and foreign relations, together constitute a clear must read for anyone with interest in Argentine politics and society.' 

    Pierre Ostiguy, University of Valparaíso, Chile

    'This is an important book on a country that has posed a puzzle for many decades. The editors have gathered an impressive array of contributors from a range of disciplines. Their analysis offers an exhaustive and fascinating exploration of how various European ideologies, ideas and doctrines came to be adopted and adjusted to the local context in Argentina to inform political action and government policy. In the process, they provide a wide range of insights that supply some clues as to ‘what went wrong’ in Argentina and why.' 

    Hans-Georg Betz, University of Zurich, Switzerland