Lecture: New populist trends and democratic decay in Latin America: –anti political ‘qualunquismo’ and techno-idolatria

Prof. Dr. Pablo Riberi

School of Law of the National University of Cordoba
School of Political Sciences of the Catholic University of Cordoba (Argentina)

Date: 17.9.2024, 6:00 p.m.
Venue: Room L621, 6th floor | Faculty of Law | Sigmund Freud University | Lassallestraße 3, 1020 Vienna


Latin America has a long populist tradition whose roots can be traced back to the time of the ‘caudillos’. During the 19th century, these were prominent figures in the decolonization of the continent. During the 20th century, other populist-nationalist leaderships have also emerged by defending the interests of the downtrodden. The truth is that they have not ever hesitated to trample on various first-generation rights while violating constitutional principles such as the separation of powers.

Following this trend, recent history reveals a new era with continuities and ruptures. While it is true that at the dawn of the 21st century, new populist leaders recovered the narrative of social change, in more recent years, their discourse has somewhat shifted in both form and content. Relying on the media and social networks, a new type of populist messianism, one showing authoritarian overtones, has been increasingly gaining momentum in the region. The curious thing –at least in Argentina– is how a non-secular, conservative, pseudo-technocratic, individualistic, and anti-political discourse has muddled through in the latest open elections.


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Prof. Dr. Pablo Riberi holds a Philosophy degree, a Law degree, and a Doctorate degree in Law and Social Sciences granted by the Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Argentina. He has also ‘Specialized’ in Constitutional Law in the Center for Constitutional Law Studies in Madrid (Spain). Finally, he was awarded an LLM by Temple University of Philadelphia, U.S.A.; degree which was obtained through a Fulbright Commission Scholarship.

Pablo Riberi is a full Professor of Constitutional Law at the School of Law of the National University of Cordoba, as well as a Professor of Constitutional Theory at the School of Political Sciences of the Catholic University of Cordoba, Argentina.

He has lectured in many conferences on Constitutional Law, Constitutional Theory, Comparative Constitutional law and Political Philosophy. He has also been a distinguished professor, visiting scholar, lecturer and/or researcher in several Universities, both in Argentina and abroad. Among other distinctions, for example, he has been a visiting scholar at Science-Po, Paul Cezanne, Aix-en-Provence, France (2009, 2014, 2017); at the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracies, Boston College (2018); at the Washington and Lee, Law School, USA (2018-2019) and he has been three times awarded the Max Planck scholarship for the advancement of Science to pursue a research time period at the Max Planck Institute for Public Comparative Law and International Law in Heidelberg (fall semesters 2014 and 2016, 2020); and Schumann visiting scholar at the School of Law University of Münster (2020-2021)

He has published widely. Within his selected works, it is worth noticing: Teoría de la Representación Política, Rubinzal Culzoni, 2014; Pandemocracy in Latin America –as editor–, Hart Publishing, 2024; Fundamentos y Desafíos de la Teoría Constitucional Contemporánea –editor–, Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas de la UNAM, 2019, and together with Konrad Lachmayer –editors–, Philosophical or Political Foundations of Constitutional Law, Nomos-Facultas, 2014.

He has held several public responsibilities in the past. For example, through a general election, Pablo Riberi was elected representative (and appointed by his peers) the Second Vice-President of the Assembly that reformed the State Constitution of Córdoba (2001).

He holds the Juan Garro’s Chair at the National Academy of Law (Córdoba, Argentina).

He is currently a member of the Executive committee of the International Association of Constitutional Law (IACL-AIDC).