Authoritarianism, populism, nationalism and resistance in the agrarian South

Ben M. McKay, Gustavo de L.T. Oliveira, Juan Liu*

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This special section contributes to the vibrant debates concerning the “new political moment” underway with regards to “authoritarian populism” and nationalism in the agrarian South. With neoliberal globalisation in crisis, nationalist-populist and authoritarian movements are gaining ground, often transforming state and class configurations in ways that appease landed, agro-industrial and political elites, while simultaneously seeking to neutralise forms of resistance. Rather than starting from an ambiguous concept that submerges these class conflicts and contradictions, we argue that re-centering class struggles that frame the new political moment offers a more useful framework for understanding agrarian transformation in the contemporary period.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)347-362
Number of pages16
JournalCanadian Journal of Development Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2020


  • agrarian change
  • Authoritarianism
  • nationalism
  • populism
  • resistance


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