La política partidista y el legado de la insurgencia en El Salvador
Amsterdam : CEDLA
1er febrero 2019 15h30-17h00
Party politics and the legacies of insurgency in El Salvador
Ralph Sprenkels, Centre for Conflict Studies | Utrecht University
Discussant: Abbey Steele, Universiteit van Amsterdam
In 2009 El Salvador’s Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional (FMLN) became Latin America’s first non-triumphant guerrilla movement able to take power by the ballot. Once in government, how did the FMLN accommodate its revolutionary aspirations and insurgent legacies? Based on Sprenkels’s recent book “After Insurgency”, this talk features an “ethnographic tour” of FMLN internal party politics and of its performance in government. The FMLN’s reliance on former insurgent networks to build and expand the political party allowed it to develop an electorally competitive political machine, but also partially undermined the party’s capacity to enforce political change in El Salvador.