Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Centre for Global Politics, Economy and Society Book Launch 'Peru: Elite Power and Political Culture'

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G501, Gibbs, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site


While leftist governments have been elected across Latin America, this ‘Pink Tide’ has so far failed to reach Peru. Instead, the corporate elite remains firmly entrenched, and the left continues to be marginalised. Peru therefore represents a particularly stark example of ‘state capture’, in which an extreme concentration of wealth in the hands of a few corporations and pro-market technocrats has resulted in a monopoly on political power.

Post the 2016 elections, John Crabtree and Francisco Durand look at the ways in which these elites have been able to consolidate their position at the expense of genuine democracy. In the process, Crabtree and Durand provide a unique case study of state development, by revealing the mechanisms used by elites to dominate political discussion and marginalize their opponents, illuminating the wider issue of why mineral-rich countries so often struggle to attain meaningful democracy.

Dr John Crabtree is Research Associate at the Latin American Centre, University of Oxford, and senior member of Saint Antony's College. He has written widely on the politics of the Andean countries, particularly on Bolivia and Peru.

Dr Francisco Durand is senior lecturer in politics at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru in Lima. He was previously lecturer at the University of Texas, San Antonio. He has undertaken detailed research into the structure and workings of Peru's principle business groups.

John and Francesco will discuss their book and answer questions. Refreshments will be provided.