Latin America’s New Turbulence: The End of the Kirchner Era

Issue Date April 2016
Volume 27
Issue 2
Page Numbers 35-49
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Argentines elected Mauricio Macri in the country’s first ever presidential runoff in November. A prominent businessman serving as mayor of Argentina’s capital, Macri defeated Daniel Scioli, the successor to outgoing president Cristina Kirchner. It was the first time since 1946 that Argentines elected a president who was neither a Peronist nor a Radical. How did Macri achieve such a feat? It was not clashing views about economic policy or the scandals surrounding the outgoing administration; what drew voters to Macri was a sense that the economy was stagnating or beginning to decline, and disapproval of Kirchner’s government.