Interview: Agrarian Political Economy of Left-wing Governments in Latin America with Leandro Vergara-Camus

By Jo Tomkinson|May 5, 2017|Journal of Agrarian Change|0 comments

This post is part of the Journal of Agrarian Change blog, hosted on the Development Studies at SOAS blog. 

The Journal of Agrarian Change has recently published a Special Issue entitled, Peasants, Agribusiness, Left-wing Governments and Neo-Developmentalism in Latin America: Exploring the Contradictions’ (JAC Vol. 17, No. 2, April 2017), edited by Cristóbal Kay and Leandro Vergara-Camus. In this interview, Leandro Vergara-Camus (Senior Lecturer, Development Studies at SOAS) talks about the rationale behind the special issue and its major conclusions. The Special Issue is free to access online till May 31, 2017.


The contributions to the issue include:

Agribusiness, peasants, left-wing governments, and the state in Latin America: An overview and theoretical reflections Leandro Vergara-Camus and Cristóbal Kay

Women’s land rights, rural social movements, and the state in the 21st-century Latin American agrarian reforms Carmen Diana Deere

A coup foretold: Fernando Lugo and the lost promise of agrarian reform in Paraguay Arturo Ezquerro-Cañete and Ramón Fogel

The political economy of rentier capitalism and the limits to agrarian transformation in Venezuela Thomas F. Purcell

The political economy of the agro-export boom under the Kirchners: Hegemony and passive revolution in Argentina Pablo Lapegna

Evo Morales, transformismo, and the consolidation of agrarian capitalism in Bolivia Jeffery R Webber

Neo-developmentalism and a “vía campesina” for rural development: Unreconciled projects in Ecuador’s Citizen’s Revolution Patrick Clark

The Frente Amplio and agrarian policy in Uruguay Diego E. Piñeiro and Joaquín Cardeillac

Agrarian policies in Nicaragua: From revolution to the revival of agro-exports, 1979–2015 Salvador Martí i Puig and Eduardo Baumeister

The political economy of land struggle in Brazil under Workers’ Party governments Sérgio Sauer and George Mészáros

The agrarian political economy of left-wing governments in Latin America: Agribusiness, peasants, and the limits of neo-developmentalism Leandro Vergara-Camus and Cristóbal Kay

A Spanish version of the interview is now also available here.


(The Journal is grateful to Pamela Gomez Jimenez for her work as cinematographer for this video interview.)

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