Beset by chronically inadequate political representation and weak state capacity, Peruvian politics have long been buffeted by an evolving set of political divides. In recent years, the formal political sector has been riven by conflict between reformist and antireformist forces, producing political instability and profound citizen anger. The coronavirus pandemic hit Peruvian social and economic life hard, intensifying this recently emergent political cleavage. Significant risks lie ahead, including heightened political fragmentation and conflict, deeper clashes between police and protesters, and the potential rise of new, illiberal, and populist alternatives. Finding ways to diminish the representation gap and reengage citizens, especially youth, in organized politics is crucial.
|Title of host publication||Divisive politics and democratic dangers in Latin America|
|Editors||Thomas Carothers, Andreas E. Feldmann|
|Place of Publication||Washington, DC|
|Publisher||Carnegie Endowment for International Peace|
|State||Published - 2021|