De la Torre is an expert in Latin American populism from a global perspective and in racism and citizenship in Ecuador. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology. His most recent books are The Routledge Handbook of Global Populism (Routledge, 2019) and Populisms: A Quick Immersion (Tibidabo Editions, 2019).
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Racism and Citizenship in the Americas
Latin American Studies
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Peru, Ecuador head to the polls amid fresh lockdown measures
FRANCE 24 online
“The followers of Arauz and Correa say that it is a dispute between neoliberalism and a vision of a more state-driven management of public resources, post-neoliberal they call it,” said Carlos de la Torre, director of the Centre for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida in the Unitede States. “I don’t know how much they can do with such depleted resources. It’s honestly a total disaster, and there’s a lot of anger, a lot of contained anger.”
En Équateur, l’avenir incertain du Président Lenín Moreno
The Conversation online
Depuis plusieurs jours, l’Équateur traverse une crise politique majeure : des milliers d’indigènes et de paysans protestent contre l’augmentation du prix du pétrole décidée par le gouvernement du libéral Lenín Moreno – au pouvoir depuis 2017. Mercredi 9 octobre, les manifestants ont afflué massivement dans la capitale Quito et de violents affrontements ont eu lieu entre les manifestants et la police, laissant plusieurs personnes blessées.
El incierto futuro de Lenín Moreno en Ecuador
The Conversation online
Sobreviva o no el gobierno ecuatoriano de Lenín Moreno, el gran ganador de esta coyuntura es el expresidente Rafael Correa.
The Perils of Populist Succession in Ecuador
Wilson Center online
Populist presidents are often giants with feet of clay. At the same time that they seem to have a firm grip of power, their personalist style of rule means that without their leadership, their movements and political projects can disintegrate. After winning the 2013 election with over 50 percent of the vote, President Rafael Correa’s party, Alianza País, controlled the assembly (as congress is called in Ecuador), the courts of justice, and all institutions of accountability.
A New Political Cycle in Ecuador?
Wilson Center online
Lenín Moreno, President Rafael Correa’s handpicked successor, won the runoff against Guillermo Lasso in Ecuador’s presidential elections on April 2, 2017. Unlike Correa, who was elected with overwhelming majorities in 2009 and 2013, Moreno won a narrow victory in the second round of voting, gaining 51.0 percent over Lasso’s 48.95 percent. Lasso did not accept the results and demanded a recount.
What do we mean by populism?The Routledge Companion to Media Disinformation and Populism
This chapter aims to briefly map out what scholars say populism is. It focuses on how populists use the media. Sociologists and historians first used the concept of populism to describe a particular phase or stage in the modernisation process linked to the transition from an agrarian to an industrial and urban society. Populism can also be conceptualised as a political strategy to get power and to govern.
El manejo fiscal: revisión técnica de su realidad en el Ecuador, 2000-2019Estudios de la Gestión: revista internacional de administración
El debate en materia fiscal, en Ecuador ha sido permanente, al menos en la historia reciente del país, pero en los últimos años ha generado un mayor interés por diversas circunstancias, particularmente debido a cambios importantes en la evolución de variables de la gestión pública. En este tiempo, diversas voces han hecho públicos algunos datos sobre el manejo fiscal, los que, en muchos casos, no se han ajustado ni a la realidad ni a los hechos, sino que se han constituido en insumos para la construcción de diversos relatos adecuados a visiones particulares respecto de la economía ecuatoriana.
Rafael Correa’s Technopopulism in Comparative PerspectiveAssessing the Left Turn in Ecuador
This chapter compares Rafael Correa’s technocratic populism with past and contemporary populist administrations in Latin America. Correa embodied within his persona both the populist and the expert. He claimed to head a government of experts with the know-how to usher his nation into progress and hypermodernity, all the while using populist tactics to transform his rivals into enemies.
The Pushback Against Populism: Why Ecuador's Referendums BackfiredJournal of Democracy
Since taking office in May 2017, Ecuadorean president Lenín Moreno has made headline-grabbing efforts to reverse the transformations wrought by his populist predecessor, Rafael Correa (2007–17). Initially elected as Correa's handpicked successor and the candidate of his Alianza PAIS movement, Moreno departed from the course set by Correa on matters ranging from the abolition of term limits to the launch of anticorruption investigations. Yet illiberal populism's architect in Ecuador and his antipopulist successor have turned out to share one key political habit: a reliance on referendums.
Do We Need a Minimum Definition of Populism? An Appraisal of Mudde’s ConceptualizationPopulism
This contribution discusses the advantages and disadvantages of Cas Mudde’s minimalist definition to study populism. It argues that his proposal might facilitate consensus among scholars, yet his conceptualization is an obstacle to grasp the complexity of populism in its diverse manifestations over space and time. Moreover, some underlying normative assumptions limit the reach of his concept to small rightwing populist European parties at the fringes of the political system.