Sebastian Rumie Rojo
Intellectuals, think tanks and the right-wing in Chile (1990-2017): Between ideological renewal and pragmatic adaptation.
Since democratic restoration in 1990 Chilean right-wing parties and think tanks have attempted to reformulate and readapt their ideological framework to the new political context. This has led to the emergence of new political movements and a series of think tanks in which two main visions are disputing the hegemony within the Right. While one sector has developed a critical view of the existing neoliberal economic model and is attempting to reformulate their ideological postulates, the other sector argues that only tactical and pragmatic adaptations are required.
My Ph.D. project focuses on a series of initiatives of ideological renewal the Chilean right-wing has conducted in the last thirty years. This has been meanly led by a young generation of intellectuals who have established a series of think tanks to generate new ideas and strategies to make possible a renewal process.
- Prof.dr. Patricio Silva
- Dr. Daniela Vicherat
Fields of interest
- Chilean right-wing parties
- Ideological and political renewal
- Think tanks and intellectuals
Sebastian studied philosophy at the Alberto Hurtado University (Chile) where he received a BA degree cum laude in November 2011. During this period, he was an undergraduate teaching assistant and also obtained a research grant as an associate researcher from FONDECYT to work on a research project led by his undergraduate thesis advisor. In December 2014, he obtained his MA degree in Latin American studies cum laude at Leiden University. In his MA thesis, Sebastian explored the ideological and political foundations of the technocrats who were partially in charge of decision-making during Pinochet’s regime. It is important to mention that Sebastian had the chance to obtain this MA after having been selected as a scholarship holder by CONICYT. In December 2015, Sebastian was awarded one of the three LASP positions granted by the NWO to conduct a four-year Ph.D. research at the Institute for History of Leiden University.