Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Dr Juan Pablo Ferrero

Lecturer in Latin American studies with particular expertise in social movements and democracy in the post-transition in Argentina and Brazil

Juan Ferrero
Lecturer in Latin American Studies
Director of StudiesBA (Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (years 3/4)

1 West North 4.37b
+44 01225 38 5268

Recent publications

Cristina Fernandez: The Grand Elector of Argentina
teleSUR, 20 June 2015

The death that divided Argentina's media
Al Jazeera, 28 February 2015

Public lectures


Dr Ferrero joined the Department in 2012. He holds a PhD on political sociology from the University of Bath. His thesis is entitled 'The Politics of democratisation in post-transition contexts: social movement organisations and trade unions in the production of democratic subjectivities in Argentina and Brazil'.

His latest book was published by Palgrave Macmillan USA (2014): 'Democracy Against Neoliberalism in Argentina and Brazil: A Move to the Left'. The book examines the complex roots of the left turn in Argentina and Brazil. Originating in the 1990s in a process of mobilization from below against neoliberalism, this turn gained visibility in the 2000s and continues through the present day.

Offering an in-depth analysis of key protagonists, including social movement and trade union organizations, Juan Pablo Ferrero deploys an original analytical model for understanding the nature, meaning, and organizational complexity of the emerging democratic force. Democracy against Neoliberalism in Argentina and Brazil asks us to examine closely what we mean by democracy and offers suggestions for how the left should approach democratic manifestations in order to make radical democracy the center of a renewed political strategy.

He has been awarded a number of grants and prior to his appointment at Bath worked in academic institutions in Buenos Aires and Wellington.

Research Interests

  • Democracy
  • Social movements
  • Discourse theory
  • Populism
  • Left-wing politics
  • Latin American politics


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