Conference: The Second Short Wave of Democratisation in Latin America, 1943-63

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10-11 June, 15:00-18:30 (BST)

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The online conference aims to examine the understudied theme of what Samuel Huntington referred to as the ‘second short wave’ of democracy (1943-1963) in Latin America. In this twenty year period, thirteen (out of twenty-one) countries in Latin America underwent democratic transitions, significantly outpacing the number of nations that remained under authoritarian rule. As per Huntington, this corresponded to almost a third of all democratic transitions that occurred during the period. Although most countries experienced regime reversals in the following decades, Colombia, Costa Rica and Venezuela remained stable democracies at least until the late twentieth century.

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The event is organized in collaboration with the Latin American Centre and the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH).