(Article of periodic en Espagnol - 2013)

Document title

Desconfianza y accountability ¿Las causas del populismo en América Latina?

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)


  • FLACSO - Facultad Latinoamericana de ciencias Sociales, Mexico, MEXIQUE


Based on a classical representation approach and using survey data from Latinobarómetro for 1996–2008, the article analyzes (1) how low performance of public policies and the perception of an absence of accountability intensified political distrust among Latin American citizens, and (2) how this distrust increased the probability that populist leaders would emerge, as a way to reduce the principal-agent problem via symbolic accountability. The analysis shows that, in the beginning, populist governments improve the quality of representation and increase accountability in citizens’ eyes. But these experiences have a low level of sustainability because populism erodes the representative institutions of liberal democracy and thus undermines institutional accountability


Article of periodic

published at : Latin American research review / ISSN 0023-8791

Editor : Latin American Studies Association, Pittsburgh, PA - ETATS-UNIS (1965)

Millesime : 2013, vol. 48, no2 [pp. 55-78]

Bibliographic references : 3 p.

Collation : 5 fig., 3 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 23897

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Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : doi:10.1353/lar.2013.0026

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