30 Years of Argentine Democratization: Consolidation or Recurrent Crisis?

Public lecture presented by the Australian Centre for Federalism (ACF), the Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies (ANCLAS) and the Embassy of the Argentine Republic.

Wednesday 26 April, 6:30pm

ACF and ANCLAS Visiting Fellow Dr Lucas González (UNSAM)

The Allan Barton Forum

2nd Floor, Building 26C, CBE,

Kingsley St Acton, ANU

Delegative democracies are neither representative nor consolidated (i.e., institutionalized) democracies, because they maintain serious deficits in the mechanisms of horizontal accountability (O’Donnell 1994). In this work, I provide an empirical classification of some Latin American cases based on the different dimensions in O’Donnell’s definition of delegative democracies. I observe variations between delegative and representative democracies as well as variation inside each of the two groups. Even more important, there is also within-case variation over time: some countries have been going through a gradual but steady transition to a more representative democracy. In others, there has been a continuous erosion of their representative democracies. In a third group of cases, there has been an oscillating trend, or “recurring delegativeness.” I argue this has been the case in Argentina after the transition from authoritarian rule in 1983. I discuss why I classify Argentina as a recurring delegative democracy and explore why this and others delegative democracies are enduring and recurrent in some countries, while not in others.


Lucas González holds a PhD in political science at the University of Notre Dame, where Guillermo O’Donnell was his thesis advisor. He also holds an MA in Political Science (Notre Dame), an MSc in Latin American Studies (University of Oxford), and an MA in Public Policy (Georgetown University-UNSAM). He is researcher at the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET) and professor at the Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA) and Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM). He recently finished a postdoctoral visiting fellowship at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Watson Institute, Brown University. He published his book on the determinants of changes in the rules regulating the distribution of federal funds between the central government and sub-national units in Argentina and Brazil with Routledge in 2016. He has also coauthored two books and written articles, the last ones published in The Journal of Politics, Studies in Comparative International Development, Latin American Research Review, Latin American Politics and Society, Publius: The Journal of Federalism, América Latina Hoy (Spain), Revista de Ciencia Política (Chile), Revista Ibero-Americana de Estudos Legislativos (Brazil), Revista de la Sociedad Argentina de Análisis Político, and Desarrollo Económico: Revista de Ciencias Sociales (Argentina).

The lecture will be followed by light food and beverages through the kind support of the Embassy of the Argentine Republic.

Free and open to the public. No RSVP required.

Date & time

Wed 26 Apr 2017, 12am


The Allan Barton Forum 2nd Floor, Building 26C, CBE, Kingsley St Acton, ANU


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