1st Edition

Right-Wing Populism in Latin America and Beyond

Edited By Anthony W. Pereira Copyright 2023
    348 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    348 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    With contributions from 22 scholars and empirical material from 29 countries within and beyond Latin America, this book identifies subtypes of populism to further understand right-wing populist movements, parties, leaders, and governments. It seeks to examine whether the term populism continues to have any validity and what relationship(s) it has to democracy.

    • Part 1 is an exploration of populism as an analytical concept. It asks how populism can and should be defined; whether populism can be broken down into subtypes; and whether the use of the term within and beyond Latin America in recent scholarship has been consistent.
    • Part 2 focuses on political economy, and specifically whether political economy explanations of both the causes and consequences of right-wing populism fit recent cases in Latin America, Europe, and the Philippines.
    • Part 3 examines institutions, and in particular institutions of coercion and digital communication. It contains chapter studies on various aspects of populism in Brazil, Spain, India, and Italy.
    • Part 4 concerns the coronavirus pandemic and the specific case of right-wing populism in Brazil. It examines the Bolsonaro government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, and how that response exacerbated the health crisis and reduced the government’s popularity.

    Right-Wing Populism in Latin America and Beyond is a timely and socially relevant contribution to the understanding of contemporary challenges to democracy. It will be of interest to scholars, students, and practitioners eager to understand the rise in right-wing agendas across the globe.

    1. Introduction

    Anthony W. Pereira

    Part 1: Theory

    2. Intellectual Imperialism and Selection Bias in the Study of Populism

    Stacey Hunt

    3. Popular Sovereignty, Institutionality, and the Dilemmas of Democratizing Democracy

    Anthony Spanakos

    4. Populisms in Power: Plural and Ambiguous

    Katerina Hatzikidi

    Part 2: Political Economy

    5. Economic Globalization and Populism in Latin America and Beyond

    Paula Rettl

    6. The Political Economy and Political Psychology of Public Support for Right-Wing Populism in Comparative Perspective

    Diogo Ferrari

    7. Voting for Violence: The New Middle-class and Authoritarian Populist Presidents in the Philippines and Brazil

    Cecilia Lero

    Part 3: Institutions

    8. Populism and Anti-Globalism on Twitter: Similarities of Conspiratorial Discourse and Content Diffusion On Social Networks In Brazil, Spain, Latin America, and Italy

    Ana Carolina Raposo de Mello and Felipe Estre

    9. "I will end everything": Brazilian far-right populism, scorched earth politics and the erasure of bureaucrats’ memories

    Gabriela Lotta, Amon Barros, and Ana Diniz

    10. Narendra Modi and The Police In India: National Populism, Politics of Fear, Victimization, and Cultural Policing

    Christophe Jaffrelot

    11. Bolsonaro’s Brazil: National Populism and The Role of The Police

    Renato Sérgio de Lima

    Part 4: Covid-19

    12. The Hydroxychloroquine Alliance: How Far-Right Leaders and Alt-Science Preachers Came Together to Tout a Miraculous Drug

    David Magalhães and Guilherme Casarões

    13. Populism, the Pandemic, and the Crisis of Bolsonarismo

    Leonardo Avritzer and Lúcio Rennó

    14. Four-Squared Denialism: The Uses of Fake News for The Political Construction of Identity in Bolsonaro's Populist Government During the Pandemic

    Vinícius de Souza Struari and Rodrigo Otávio Moretti-Pires

    15. "Enfrentar vírus como homem": Bolsonaro’s Populism and Performing Hegemonic Masculinity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Théo Aiolfi and Giulia Champion

    16. Conclusion

    Anthony W. Pereira


    Anthony Pereira is the Director of the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center at Florida International University. From 2010 to 2020 he was the founding director of the Brazil Institute at King’s College London. His books include Modern Brazil: A Very Short Introduction (2020); (with Jeff Garmany) Understanding Contemporary Brazil (Routledge, 2018); and Ditadura e Repressão (Dictatorship and Repression, 2010).

    "Unlike books that reduce rightwing populism in the global south to a few scattered footnotes, Antony Pereira’s edited volume illustrates the advantages of putting Jair Bolsonaro and Latin American rightwing populism at the center of comparative analysis. Right-wing Populism in Latin American and Beyond appeals to readers interested in theoretical, normative, and political-economic debates. Using cases from Latin America, Asia, Europe, and U.S. the contributors to this volume offer novel conceptual insights focusing on the political economy of rightwing populism, its relationships with civil society, its impact on democracies, and on how and why populists politicized and mismanaged the COVID 19 epidemic."

    Carlos de la Torre, editor of The Routledge Handbook of Global Populism

    "This is a timely volume on right-wing populism and its current challenge to democracy. Initial chapters discuss the thorny problem of defining populism, followed by rich empirical chapters on a wide range of cases. Though centrally focused on Latin America, the volume is impressive in its broadly comparative approach, encompassing cases in Western Europe and the Philippines, as well as special attention to India and Brazil. A final empirical section presents valuable and wide-ranging perspectives on Bolsonaro’s pernicious approach to COVID politics in Brazil. A welcome contribution combining deep case knowledge with comparative insights."

    Ruth Berins Collier, Heller Professor of the Graduate School, Department of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley

    "This timely and incisive volume will be required reading for students of right wing populism and all concerned about the fate of contemporary democracies. The illuminating scholarly contributions by leading experts assembled by Anthony Pereira offer a wealth of new insights into right wing authoritarian movements in Brazil, the rest of Latin America and beyond."

    Robert M. Fishman, Carlos III University, Madrid