Thea Riofrancos: Left Power and Environmentalism in Ecuador18 Jul 2017
In Ecuador, the left won reelection this year, after Alianza PAÍS candidate Lenin Moreno, former President Rafael Correa’s vice president, narrowly won election this year. It was a major victory given the crisis hitting the pink tide of left governments throughout the region. But it was perilously close to a loss. Correa accomplished a lot for the country’s poor majority but did so thanks to a commodity boom that has since gone bust, a strategy that put the left government in conflict with indigenous and environmental movements. Dan’s guest today is Thea Riofrancos, a political scientist at Providence College. Thanks to our supporters at nacla.org, the best source for left-wing analysis on Latin America.