Date of Submission

Spring 2013

Academic Program

Political Studies

Project Advisor 1

David Kettler

Abstract/Artist's Statement

In seeking to explain the recent adoption of socially progressive policies in Argentina under the Kirchner’s, this paper begins by identifying the indisputable link between Peronism and populism and clarifying the concept in order to better understand the nature and context of Argentine politics. Moving on, the paper reveals that the decline in organized labor in Argentina over the past 30 years has led to the decreasing electoral importance of the traditional base of Peronist support. I argue that this diminished standing explains the Kirchner’s adoption of these policies and that they represent Kirchner's attempts to broaden the traditional PJ constituency in order to maintain and secure an electoral majority.

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