Book Review: Unemployment and the Popular Sectors’ Pursuit of Inclusion
by Ray Bromley
The Poor’s Struggle for Political Incorporation: The Piquetero Movement in Argentina
Rossi Federico M. The Poor’s Struggle for Political Incorporation: The Piquetero Movement in Argentina. Cambridge, UK, and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017.
Writing as a political scientist with a wide-ranging and comprehensive knowledge of social movements, popular organizations, and politics in Argentina, Federico Rossi provides an insightful review of “the second incorporation,” the period from 2001 till 2008 in which the piqueteros had a major impact on Argentine politics and public policy. Argentina’s piquetero (picketer) movement consists of dozens of different organizations, some emerging from union federations, some from political parties, some from radical Catholic (liberation theology) movements, and many representing provincial, municipal, and local interests. They continue as significant participants in Argentine politics, and Rossi provides some information on post-2008 changes, but his main focus is on events and transformations leading up to 2008.