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Perfiles latinoamericanos

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ORTIZ LEROUX, Sergio. Democratic disillusionment and caesarism: An answer from republican architecture. Perf. latinoam. [online]. 2020, vol.28, n.55, pp.373-401.  Epub 02-Jul-2020. ISSN 0188-7653.  https://doi.org/10.18504/pl2855-015-2020.

One unforeseen political consequence of people’s discontent with and disappointment in democracies in Latin America has been the arrival of presidencies with executive unlimited powers and without institutional counterbalance. This paper aims to two deeply linked objectives: a) after the figure of Caesar and his programmatic translation as Caesarism, it offers a reading key regarding the unwanted political consequences of current discontent with -and disappointment in- democracy; and b) it shows a possible answer concerning the emergence of Caesarism as a phenomenon of our time in Latin America -particularly in cases such as Hugo Chávez and Nicolás Maduro’s, and Venezuelan “Chavism”- after what I will call the “Republican Architecture”. By taking some normative principles from Republicanism (i. e., freedom as non-domination and rule of law) I present the reader with an answer to the problem of the emergence of Caesarist presidential governments.

Palabras llave : Democracy; caesarism; democratic disillusionment; republicanism; presidentialism; rule of law; freedom as non-domination.

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