Argentina: The Persistence of Peronism

Issue Date April 2012
Volume 23
Issue 2
Page Numbers 148-161
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Despite a rocky first term, Peronist President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner saw her popularity rebound, leading to a huge reelection victory in 2011. The election served as a reminder of the remarkable durability and ideologically flexible appeal of the Peronist “brand” in Argentine politics. It also showed the ability of what we might call the Kirchnerist center-left sub-brand of Peronism to dominate at the polls given a divided set of rivals, a national economy buoyed by a commodities boom, and a wave of personal sympathy for a recently widowed incumbent.

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Ernesto Calvo

Ernesto Calvo is associate professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland-College Park.

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María Victoria Murillo

María Victoria Murillo is professor of political science and international and public affairs and director of the Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University.

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