The Changing World of Work, Societal Linkages, and Political Parties in Latin America: IRLE Dissertation Fellow Talk
April 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
In the golden age of Latin America’s labor movement, unions were the main representatives of popular interests and, for many citizens, formed the main tie to the political arena. But the neoliberal reforms of the 1980s sent many workers into the informal sector – work that is untaxed, unregulated and, historically, underrepresented politically. Recently, however, new types of popular class organizations have emerged among Latin American workers, including informal sector unions and peasant unions. This research analyzes how these different organizations interact with political parties, and how they can help parties connect with voters and take root in society.
Mathias is a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, a Research Associate at the Center on the Politics of Development (CPD), and a Research Fellow at the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS). His research interests include political parties, political representation, democratization, political economy of development, multi-method research, and causal inference. His dissertation research draws primarily on field research in Latin America.
For more, see Mathias’s personal site.