The presidency of Evo Morales
: an archetype of latin american populism?

  • Sabrina Brum (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


On January 22, 2006, Evo Morales Ayma was inaugurated as the sixty fifth President of Bolivia and was the first indigenous man to hold the position. After holding the position for nearly fourteen years, Evo Morales was removed from office on November 10, 2019, following as lew of revolts that broke out across the country protesting his fourth consecutive presidential term. He was one of Latin America’s longest serving presidents, and despite having lost a referendum which would have given him the authority to do so, he attempted to hold on to power for another term through an illiberal election. The case study of Evo Morales is a prime example of Latin American populism and through this example we can analyze the development of populism in the region. This dissertation will explore what populism is, how it can be identified in Latin America, and the evolution of Evo Morales’ populism throughout the course of his presidencies.
Date of Award25 Feb 2022
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorLívia Franco (Supervisor)


  • Populism
  • Latin America
  • Bolivia
  • Evo Morales
  • Ethnopopulism


  • Mestrado em Ciência Política e Relações Internacionais: Segurança e Defesa

Cite this