My name is Aníbal Nicolás Saldías. I am a Senior Researcher at The Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars and a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the University of Toronto. My areas of specialization include Comparative Politics, Latin American Politics and Comparative Labour Studies. Versión español.
My doctoral research contributes to the literature on trade union rejuvenation in Latin America. I focus on labour relations in Argentina and Uruguay during the 2000s. I argue although there was policy and partisan convergence between the two countries in the 2000s, labour relations diverged.
Argentine labour relations, structured by Peronist-era labour laws, were boosted by three Kirchner administrations. But the laws faced existential challenges by workers, politicians, international organizations and in the judicial system–some challenges that are decades old. Meanwhile Uruguayan labour relations under the Frente Amplio, organized around labour laws from the neobatllismo era, were reinforced with a spate of new labour laws. Unlike the past, all major interest groups and political parties in Uruguay support its continued use.
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).
Currently, I am a Senior Researcher for the Argentina Project and the Lithium Triangle Initiative at the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. I research and comment on Argentine and Uruguayan politics, as well as broader Latin American themes, like migration and human rights.
I have been published by prominent news and opinion outlets like The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Americas Quarterly and World Politics Review. You can see my portfolio of published works and media appearances here.
My academic service included being the President and Cofounder of the Latin American Political Science Students Association (LAPSSA) at the University of Toronto (2014-2017). Also, I was a member of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Labor Section’s Graduate Student Council (2016-2018).
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