Research Plan by Anna Bask www.helsinki.fi/people/anna.bask
My aim is to examine the reasons that have led
The central questions of my dissertation are: What are the political motives for letting the conflict to assume the current dimensions? Why did the government want to turn the conflict into a “national question”? Why are the road blocks not dismantled? How does the past affect the present? The timeline of my research is Néstor Kirchner´s regime 2003-2007.
This autumn, I travelled to
Drawing from these ideas, I concluded that the following points are relevant to understanding the motives of Kirchner and his government’s actions (not listed in an order of importance):
· The historical relations between
· The Argentine political culture: this entails institutional weakness, Peronism, populism, clientelism and the Argentine state structure
· The economic collapse in 2001 and its consequences, i.e. identity and legitimacy crisis
· The Argentine president Kirchner's personal experiences and political style: this includes Kirchner’s experiences as the governor of
So on the one hand, my work will assess the events by looking at the long term factors, such as the country's wealthy past as an explanatory factor for the current identity crisis, or the shared past, but on the other hand, it does not pretend to be able to explain the entire course of events by models offered by historical experiences.
As material, I will use research literature (books and articles), newspaper articles, blogs and interviews that I carried out in
I am planning to finish my thesis in winter 2008.