Continuity and Variety of Neoliberalism: Reconsidering Latin America’s Pink Tide


  • Dieter Plehwe
  • Karin Fischer



In this article we critically engage with the term and concept of “post-neoliberalism”, delineate different meanings in the literature and arrive at the conclusion that the term leaves more questions open than it answers. We therefore draw on literature that investigates the departure from (or persistence) of neoliberalism on a careful study of social power relations, i.e. Barry Cannon`s work on the rise of the right in Latin America. In taking his arguments further we present and examine transnational neoliberal think tank networks that are active in Latin America. We show the extent to which these networks have been developed across borders, investigate the key linkers within these networks are and situate the main currents within the contemporary constellation of right wing political ideologies. The article strengthens a relational perspective in the study of neoliberalism and its counter-forces and indicates research desiderata in the field of transnational ideological power structures. 


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Biografia do Autor

Dieter Plehwe

Dieter Plehwe is senior fellow in the Center for Civil Society Research at WZB Social Science Center in
Berlin. Most of his research is in the field of international political economy and neoliberalism studies. He
is one of three main editors of the journal Critical Policy Studies. He recently co-edited Liberalism and
the Welfare State (Oxford University Press 2017) and Nine Lives of Neoliberalism (Verso 2019). He
recently co-authored „Saving the Dangerous Idea. Austerity Think Tank Networks in the European
Union”. In: Policy and Society Volume 37, 2018 - Issue 2: Think Tanks: The role of policy analysis in an
era of austerity, S. 1-18 (with Moritz Neujeffski and Werner Krämer).

Karin Fischer

Karin Fischer is senior lecturer and teaches development studies and global sociology at the Institute of Sociology at Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria. Her main research areas are North-South relations, neoliberal transformation and global inequality in a transnational and historical perspective. She recently published Clases dominantes y desarrollo desigual: Chile entre 1830 y 2010, Ediciones Universidad Alberto Hurtado, 2017 and Neoliberal Think Tank Networks ”“ an introduction. Global Dialogue. Magazine of the International Sociological Association, 8 (2). Online at


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Como Citar

Plehwe, D., & Fischer, K. (2019). Continuity and Variety of Neoliberalism: Reconsidering Latin America’s Pink Tide. Revista De Estudos E Pesquisas Sobre As Américas, 13(2), 166–202.



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