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Revista de ciencia política (Santiago)

On-line version ISSN 0718-090X

Abstract

SAGARZAZU, IÑAKI  and  MOURON, FERNANDO. HUGO CHAVEZ'S POLARIZING LEGACY: CHAVISMO, MEDIA, AND PUBLIC OPINION IN ARGENTINA'S DOMESTIC POLITICS. Rev. cienc. polít. (Santiago) [online]. 2017, vol.37, n.1, pp.147-175. ISSN 0718-090X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-090X2017000100007.

Since Hugo Chávez Frías assumed the Venezuelan presidency in 1999, Venezuela has strengthened ties with most of its Latin American neighbors, particularly those where sympathetic leftist administrations also managed to assume power, including Argentina. With our analysis we show: 1) that Argentine media, divided between pro- and anti-government positions, presents a polarized view of chavismo; and 2) that Argentine public opinion regarding Chávez is not necessarily divided on the basis of ideological affiliations (left-right), but rather by the rejection or support of the former Argentine government. With these findings, we argue that in such a polarized information environment, chavismo is a polarizing issue and a tool that can be exploited in the domestic realm.

Keywords : chavismo; Venezuela; Argentina; media; public opinion.

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