"In a recent article in Foreign Affairs, Cynthia Arnson and Carlos de la Torre offer a comparative look at the ALBA bloc governments to the region’s populist leaders of the 1930s and 1940s, noting key differences in their discourse. The two also weigh the benefits of this updated version of populism -- like ethnic inclusion and reduced poverty -- against its primary drawbacks: a general deterioration of independent civil society and liberal democratic norms."

In the May 2, 2014 daily news briefing by The Pan-American Post, a recent article authored by Cynthia J. Arnson, Director of the Latin American Program, and Carlos de la Torre is referenced. The article, which appeared in Foreign Affairs, is titled "Viva el Populismo? The Tense Future of Latin American Politics," and discusses populism in the region, the new populist era, and the Chávez-Maduro regime in Venezuela.

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