a1 Assistant Professor of Sociology, Drew University, Madison, New Jersey
This article is a study of the emergence of a populist leader. By combining an analysis of the social creation of the populist leader José María Velasco Ibarra in ‘La Revolución Gloriosa’ (or the May Revolution), with a study of his discourse, this paper explains why Velasco Ibarra became the central political figure in Ecuador in the mid-1940s.
* I thank the following people for their comments: William Messmer, William Roseberry and Charles Tilly. Also, I wish to thank the two anonymous reviewers of the Journal of Latin American Studies for their suggestions.