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Carlos de la Torre - University of Florida. Gainesville, FL, US

Carlos de la Torre Carlos de la Torre

Director | University of Florida

Gainesville, FL, UNITED STATES

De la Torre is an expert in Latin American populism from a global perspective and in racism and citizenship in Ecuador.


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).

Industry Expertise (2)

Writing and Editing


Areas of Expertise (5)

Racism and Citizenship in the Americas


Latin American Studies



Media Appearances (5)

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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Articles (4)

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.

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Rafael Correa’s Technopopulism in Comparative Perspective

Assessing 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.

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The Pushback Against Populism: Why Ecuador's Referendums Backfired

Journal 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.

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Do We Need a Minimum Definition of Populism? An Appraisal of Mudde’s Conceptualization


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.

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Languages (2)

  • English
  • Spanish