About me

cropped-10294313_10102960413250400_6616286231737361774_n-2.jpgMy name is Aníbal Nicolás Saldías. I am a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the University of Toronto. My research areas are Comparative Politics, Development Studies, and Latin American Studies. Versión español aquí.

My doctoral research adds to the growing literature on trade union rejuvenation. I focus on the cases of Argentina and Uruguay. Argentina and Uruguay are outliers, as trade union density continues to decline in the region and globally. Trade union rejuvenation began in the two countries with the election of progressive governments in the mid-2000s. They implemented policies that strengthened the ability of unions to organize and engage in collective bargaining. For example, they re-starting sector-level collective bargaining. This reversed the trend toward firm-level collective bargaining. These policies placed trade unions at the centre of a post-neoliberal political economy in the Southern Cone.

Although there was labour policy convergence, there was divergence regarding the evolution of labour relations. Argentina’s statist labour model faced existential pressure to reform. These pressures come from right-wing and left-wing parties, workers, the judiciary, and international organizations. Uruguay’s pluralistic labour model does not face similar existential pressures for reform. I argue that the legacies of institutionalization of labour relations from the 1940s can explain this variation in the contemporary period.
I conducted fieldwork in Argentina and Uruguay throughout 2015. I am currently in the process of writing my dissertation. I have presented my research at LASA 2016 (abstract), LASA 2017 (abstract), and CPSA 2017 (abstract).

I am also the President and Cofounder of the Latin American Political Science Students Association (LAPSSA) at the University of Toronto. More information on the organization can be found here. In addition, I am a member of LASA’s Labour Section’s Graduate Student Council, and Graduate Affiliate at the University of Toronto’s Center for Critical Development Studies (CCDS).

You can find my CV is here, and my academia.edu page here.

I can be contacted at nicolas.saldias@mail.utoronto.ca,

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