UCL Institute of the Americas


Book launch: 'Latin America's Leaders' with author Laura Tedesco

07 March 2016, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm

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UCL Institute of the Americas


UCL Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PN

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Laura Tedesco (Saint Louis University, Madrid) - Latin America is widely known for its leaders. It is a continent that has produced political leaders that have gained global recognition - for good and ill. It is closely associated with leaders whose political projects have resonated far beyond their own countries. The book Latin America´s Leaders (ZED Books, 2015) explores the reasons behind the emergence of different types of leaders in post-crisis scenarios. It does this in five Latin American countries: Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela and Uruguay. The book is based on 285 interviews with former Presidents, Vice-Presidents, MPs, mayors and party leaders. The aim of the interviews was to learn how leaders interpret democratic quality and how far they perceive themselves as the architects of democracy. It also explores the reasons why the return to democracy has not changed Latin America's tendency to generated extremely dominant leaders.

Laura Tedesco is the Director of the Political Science Department of Saint Louis University in Madrid. She has received scholarships from the British Council, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and CONICET (Argentina) and grants from the British Academy, the Open Society Institute and the National Endowment for Democracy. She has taught at Universidad de Buenos Aires, University of East Anglia, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Instituto de Empresa.



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