Latin America’s New Turbulence: The End of the Kirchner Era

Issue Date April 2016
Volume 27
Issue 2
Page Numbers 35-49
file Print
arrow-down-thin Download from Project MUSE
external View Citation

Read the full essay here.

Argentines elected Mauricio Macri in the country’s first ever presidential runoff in November. A prominent businessman serving as mayor of Argentina’s capital, Macri defeated Daniel Scioli, the successor to outgoing president Cristina Kirchner. It was the first time since 1946 that Argentines elected a president who was neither a Peronist nor a Radical. How did Macri achieve such a feat? It was not clashing views about economic policy or the scandals surrounding the outgoing administration; what drew voters to Macri was a sense that the economy was stagnating or beginning to decline, and disapproval of Kirchner’s government.

About the Author

Noam Lupu is associate professor of political science and associate director of LAPOP Lab at Vanderbilt University.

View all work by Noam Lupu