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Why Alberto Fernández Can’t Be Néstor Kirchner 2.0

August 28, 2019

“It wasn’t magic.”

Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s words in her final months as Argentina’s president became a rallying cry for the political movement she built with her late-husband and predecessor, President Néstor Kirchner. The economic growth and improvements in social indicators under their governments, she argued, were caused by their heavy-handed policy interventions.

But a more accurate description of what happened in the Kirchner-era may be “timing is everything.”

A reckoning with the first Kirchner...

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