My name is Aníbal Nicolás Saldías. I am a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the University of Toronto. My areas of research are Comparative Politics, Latin American Studies, and Comparative Labour Studies. Versión español.
My doctoral research adds to the literature on trade union rejuvenation in Latin America. My thesis focuses on collective labour relations in Argentina and Uruguay during the 2000s. My project underscores although there was policy and partisan convergence, labour relations have diverged. Argentine labour relations have become less institutionalized, as its labour laws are facing existential challenges by the judiciary and workers organizations. Uruguayan labour relations were reinforced by the passage of new collective labour laws after 2005, many of which are not challenged by any of the actors.
I utilize the methods of comparative historical analysis to explain how the legacies of state formation in the nineteenth century and corporatist labour incorporation during the mid-twentieth century interacted with processes of democratization and neoliberal reform in the 1980s and 1990s to generate variation in the evolution of labour relations in the 2000s.
I conducted fieldwork in Argentina and Uruguay during 2015 and I am currently in the process of writing my dissertation. I have presented my research at LASA 2016 (abstract), LASA 2017 (abstract), CPSA 2017 (abstract), and LASA 2018 (abstract).
I currently work as researcher for the Argentina Project at the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. I was the President and Cofounder of the Latin American Political Science Students Association (LAPSSA) at the University of Toronto (2014-2017). I was a member of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Labor Section’s Graduate Student Council (2016-2018).
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