Dr Barry Cannon

Sociology

Lecturer
Lecturer / Assistant Professor

Auxilia House
30
(01) 474 7147

Biography

I am originally from County Donegal, and after having completed my BA in UCD (1985), in English and History, I spent fifteen years abroad in London, Barcelona and Lima, Peru. During that time I worked in libraries, local government, English language teaching and international development. While in London, I completed a part-time MSc in Sociology (Southbank University) graduating in 1995. On returning to Ireland in 2000, I began my PhD in DCU, with Prof. Peadar Kirby, researching populism in the context of Latin America, particularly in Venezuela and Peru. I graduated with my PhD in 2004, and went to work with Comhlamh, the Irish Association for Returned Development Workers, working on a project on international volunteering (www.volunteeringoptions.org). I then returned to DCU in 2006 and led an international development research project on democratization and development in the Central American region. In 2010, I won an Irish Research Council Fellowship to research the Latin American Right, including spending two years in the University of Salamanca, Spain. In 2013 I started my present position with Maynooth. While in Maynooth's Sociology department, I have researched civil society/state relations, democratisation, populism, and the left and right in Latin America and elsewhere and on contemporary Venezuelan politics. In the Sociology department I teach modules on political ideas, democracy and citizenship, Latin American politics and supporting third years on their final year dissertations.  

Research Interests

My research interests are primarily centred on Latin American politics, with particular expertise on Peru, Venezuela and Central America. I have published on the Bolivarian government of Venezuela, on state/civil society relations in left-led governments of Latin America and on democratization in Central America. I completed an Irish Research Council funded project on the Latin American Right, with a variety of publications, including a book The Right in Latin America: Elite Power, Hegemony and the Struggle for the State (Routledge, 2016). I am a member of the Hostfilm Erasmus + Project led by the University of Salamanca in Spain. To view the project activities see: https://hostfilm.usal.es/index.php/syllabus/

Research Projects

  Project Role Funding Body / Program Description Start Date End Date Award (€)
Hospitality in European Film PI European Union / EU / 2265489 01-SEP-17 30-SEP-20 31355
Being Young and Middle-Class in Contemporary Urban Latin America PI Irish Research Council (IRC) / 2264819 01-OCT-14 30-SEP-16 90287.38
Post-neoliberalism in left-led Latin America: a comparative analysis of its content and sustainability in Argentina and Venezuela. PI Irish Research Council (IRC) / 2265080 01-OCT-14 30-SEP-18 96000

Post Doctoral Fellows/Research Team

  Researcher Name Project Role Funding Body
Franka Winter Latin American Middle Classes and Politics Post Doctorate

Books

  Year Publication
2016 The right in Latin America: Elite power, hegemony and the struggle for the state.
Cannon B. (2016) The right in Latin America: Elite power, hegemony and the struggle for the state. London and New York: Routledge. [DOI] [Details]
2009 Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution: Populism and Democracy in a Globalised Age.
Barry Cannon (2009) Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution: Populism and Democracy in a Globalised Age. Manchester UK: Manchester University Press. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2019 'Characterization, Strategies, and Objectives of the Latin American Right'
Barry Cannon (2019) 'Characterization, Strategies, and Objectives of the Latin American Right' In: Harry Vanden and Gary Prevost (eds). Oxford Encyclopedia of Latin American Politics. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press. [DOI] [Details]
2017 'The South American right: Powerful elites and weak states'
Cannon B. (2017) 'The South American right: Powerful elites and weak states' In: Handbook of South American Governance. [DOI] [Details]
2013 'Political Parties: The Right'
Barry Cannon (2013) 'Political Parties: The Right' In: Handbook of Central American Governance. London: Routledge. [Details]
2012 'States of (In)dependence? Democratization and Citizenship during Latin America’s ‘Left Decade’, 2000–2010'
Barry Cannon (2012) 'States of (In)dependence? Democratization and Citizenship during Latin America’s ‘Left Decade’, 2000–2010' In: Power, Place, Representation: Contested Sites of Dependence and Independence in Latin America. London: Peter Lang. [Details]
2012 'Civil society–state relations in left-led Latin America: deepening democratization?'
Barry Cannon and Peadar Kirby (2012) 'Civil society–state relations in left-led Latin America: deepening democratization?' In: Civil Society and the State in Left-led Latin America: Challenges and Limitations to Democratization. London: Zed. [Details]
2012 'Globalization, democratization and state–civil society relations in left-led Latin America'
Peadar Kirby and Barry Cannon (2012) 'Globalization, democratization and state–civil society relations in left-led Latin America' In: Civil Society and the State in Left-led Latin America: Challenges and Limitations to Democratization. London: Zed. [Details]
2012 '‘Civil society-state relations in left-led El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua'
Barry Cannon and Mo Hume (2012) '‘Civil society-state relations in left-led El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua' In: Civil Society and the State in Left-led Latin America: Challenges and Limitations to Democratization. London: Zed. [Details]
2007 'Populisms in Latin America: Sometimes the populists are right!'
Barry Cannon (2007) 'Populisms in Latin America: Sometimes the populists are right!' In: Hacia el buen gobierno: tareas aún pendientes. San Jose de Costa Rica: Fundacion Arias. [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
2012 Civil Society and the State in Left-led Latin America: Challenges and Limitations to Democratization
Barry Cannon and Peadar Kirby (Ed.). (2012) Civil Society and the State in Left-led Latin America: Challenges and Limitations to Democratization London: Zed. [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
2017 'Coups, “smart coups” and elections: Right power strategies in a context of Left hegemony'
Barry Cannon (2017) 'Coups, “smart coups” and elections: Right power strategies in a context of Left hegemony' Desenvolvimento em Debate, 5 (1) :29-49. [IR Link] [Details]
2016 'Inside the Mind of Latin America's New Right'
Barry Cannon (2016) 'Inside the Mind of Latin America's New Right' NACLA Report on the Americas, 48 (4) :328-333. [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2014 'El poder de la derecha y la influencía permanente de la élite en Centroamérica'
Dr. Barry Cannon (2014) 'El poder de la derecha y la influencía permanente de la élite en Centroamérica' Mesoamerica, 35 (56) enero-diciembre :78-105. [Details]
2011 'Leftist Governments in Latin America: Successes and Shortcomings by Kurt Weyland, Raúl L. Madrid, Wendy Hunter; Latin America's Left Turns: Politics, Policies and Trajectories of Change by Maxwell A. Cameron, Eric Hershberg'
Barry Cannon (2011) 'Leftist Governments in Latin America: Successes and Shortcomings by Kurt Weyland, Raúl L. Madrid, Wendy Hunter; Latin America's Left Turns: Politics, Policies and Trajectories of Change by Maxwell A. Cameron, Eric Hershberg' European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, . [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2018 'Must we talk about populism? Interrogating populism’s conceptual utility in a context of crisis'
Cannon B. (2018) 'Must we talk about populism? Interrogating populism’s conceptual utility in a context of crisis'. New Political Science, 40 (3):477-496 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2017 'VENEZUELA 2016: THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY'
Cannon, B;Brown, J (2017) 'VENEZUELA 2016: THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY'. Revista de Ciencia Politica, 37 :613-633 [IR Link] [Details]
2015 'Where are the Pots and Pans? Collective Responses in Ireland to Neoliberalization in a Time of Crisis: Learning from Latin America'
Cannon, B;Murphy, MP (2015) 'Where are the Pots and Pans? Collective Responses in Ireland to Neoliberalization in a Time of Crisis: Learning from Latin America'. Irish Political Studies, 30 :1-19 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2014 'As Clear as MUD: Characteristics, Objectives, and Strategies of the Opposition in Bolivarian Venezuela'
Cannon, B (2014) 'As Clear as MUD: Characteristics, Objectives, and Strategies of the Opposition in Bolivarian Venezuela'. Latin American Politics and Society, 56 :49-70 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2012 'Central America, civil society and the 'pink tide': Democratization or de-democratization?'
Cannon B.;Hume M. (2012) 'Central America, civil society and the 'pink tide': Democratization or de-democratization?'. Democratization, 19 (6):1039-1064 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2010 'Wanted! 'Strong publics' for uncertain times. The experience of the Active Citizenship in Central America project'
Barry Cannon (2010) 'Wanted! 'Strong publics' for uncertain times. The experience of the Active Citizenship in Central America project'. DEVELOPMENT IN PRACTICE, 20 :649-663 [IR Link] [Details]
2008 'Class/Race Polarisation in Venezuela and the Electoral Success of Hugo Chavez: A break with the past or the song remains the same?'
Cannon B. (2008) 'Class/Race Polarisation in Venezuela and the Electoral Success of Hugo Chavez: A break with the past or the song remains the same?'. Third World Quarterly, 29 (4):731-748 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2004 'Venezuela, April 2002: Coup or Popular Rebellion? The Myth of a United Venezuela'
Dr. Barry Cannon (2004) 'Venezuela, April 2002: Coup or Popular Rebellion? The Myth of a United Venezuela'. Bulletin of Latin American Research, 23 :285-302 [IR Link] [Details]

Blog

  Year Publication
2019 Juan Guaidó’s Policy Proposals: “The Venezuela to Come” or the Venezuela that has already been?.
Dr. Barry Cannon (2019) Juan Guaidó’s Policy Proposals: “The Venezuela to Come” or the Venezuela that has already been?. New York: Blog [Details]
2017 From Chávez to Trump, must we really talk about populism?.
Barry Cannon (2017) From Chávez to Trump, must we really talk about populism?. London: Blog [Details]

Book Review

  Year Publication
2019 From Fascism to Populism in History ‐ by Finchelstein, Federico.
Barry Cannon (2019) From Fascism to Populism in History ‐ by Finchelstein, Federico. Book Review [Details]
2018 The Lima Reader: History, Culture, Politics ‐ edited by Aguirre, Carlos and Walker, Charles F.
Barry Cannon (2018) The Lima Reader: History, Culture, Politics ‐ edited by Aguirre, Carlos and Walker, Charles F. Book Review [Details]
2016 Hugo Chavez: Socialist for the Twenty-First Century.
Cannon, B (2016) Hugo Chavez: Socialist for the Twenty-First Century. HOBOKEN: Book Review [Details]
2016 Venezuela's Health Care Revolution.
Cannon, B (2016) Venezuela's Health Care Revolution. NEW YORK: Book Review [DOI] [Details]
2014 The Sandinistas and Nicaragua since 1979.
Cannon, B (2014) The Sandinistas and Nicaragua since 1979. HOBOKEN: Book Review [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2010 McBeth, B. S. (2008) Dictatorship and Politics: Intrigue, Betrayal, and Survival in Venezuela, 1908-1935.
Dr. Barry Cannon (2010) McBeth, B. S. (2008) Dictatorship and Politics: Intrigue, Betrayal, and Survival in Venezuela, 1908-1935. Book Review [Details]
2004 Venezuelan Politics in the Chávez Era: Class, Polarisation and Conflict by Steve Ellner and Daniel Hellinger.
Dr. Barry Cannon (2004) Venezuelan Politics in the Chávez Era: Class, Polarisation and Conflict by Steve Ellner and Daniel Hellinger. Book Review [Details]
2004 President Fujimori of Peru: The President Who Dared to Dream by Rei Kimura.
Dr. Barry Cannon (2004) President Fujimori of Peru: The President Who Dared to Dream by Rei Kimura. Book Review [Details]

Editorial

  Year Publication
2016 LEFT RETRENCHMENT AND RIGHT RESURGENCE IN LATIN AMERICA: NEOLIBERALISM REDUX?.
Cannon, B (2016) LEFT RETRENCHMENT AND RIGHT RESURGENCE IN LATIN AMERICA: NEOLIBERALISM REDUX?. BELFAST: Editorial [Details]

Electronic Article

  Year Publication
2016 Making Sense of Opposition in Venezuela: From the MUD to “La Salida” and Back.
Barry Cannon (2016) Making Sense of Opposition in Venezuela: From the MUD to “La Salida” and Back. Electronic Article [IR Link] [Details]
2014 Opposition in Bolivarian Venezuela: Caught Between Conflict and Compromise.
Dr. Barry Cannon (2014) Opposition in Bolivarian Venezuela: Caught Between Conflict and Compromise. Electronic Article [IR Link] [Details]
2013 Binary visions of a complex leader or: What I learned from Hugo Chavez (1954-2013).
Dr. Barry Cannon (2013) Binary visions of a complex leader or: What I learned from Hugo Chavez (1954-2013). Electronic Article [IR Link] [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2010 Irish Research Council, CARA Fellowship

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
1995 MSc Sociology
1985 BA Arts
2005 PhD

Languages

  Language Reading Writing Speaking
Spanish Fluent Fluent Fluent

Teaching Interests

I teach the following courses in Politics:

PO151: Introduction to Political Ideas, discussing major ideologies, such as Liberalism, Conservatism, Socialism, Feminism among others, and key ideas, such as Liberty, Equality, Justice etc. 
PO205: Democracy and Citizenship, examining different theories of citizenship and the democratic institutionality which embody them. 
PO313: Power in the Americas. This course examines power structures in Latin America and between Latin America and the rest of the Western Hemisphere. 
PO303: A Special Topics course for third year students, helping guide them as the do their final year disseratations. 

Recent Postgraduates

  Graduation Student Name University Degree Thesis
2019 John Brown Maynooth University