Associate Professor, Clark University
Paul W. Posner is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he directs the Latin American and Latinx Studies program. He teaches courses on Latin American politics, U.S. – Latin American relations, comparative environmental politics, and democratic theory. His current research focuses on labor politics, the politics of social welfare resource distribution, and the New Left and populism in Latin America, with specific focus on Chile, Ecuador, Uruguay and Venezuela. He has published in the Journal of Interamerican Studies and World Affairs, Democratization, Latin American Politics and Society, Political Power and Social Theory and the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research and New Political Economy. His book, State, Market and Democracy in Chile: The Constraint of Popular Participation, assesses the impact neoliberal reform on the ability of Chile’s urban poor to organize and represent their interests in the political arena. His co-authored book, Laboring in Latin America: Labor Markets and Worker Organization in the Neoliberal Era, addresses contemporary labor politics in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Venezuela.
After weeks of intense, sometimes violent nationwide protests, Chilean President Sebastian Piñera has relented to demands to rewrite the Chilean Constitution. The protesters say they want a new constitution to...