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Humberto Cucchetti

Militant conversions and political and administrative elites in France since the 1980s
01 September 2019 -
31 January 2020

Humberto Cucchetti is a researcher at the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research of Argentina (CONICET). He holds five university degrees and was a Fellow of the HERMÈS programme (FMSH) in 2009, the Bernardo Houssay programme (CONICET, Argentina/Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, France) in 2011, a member of the project "Internationalisation of Radical Rights in Europe/America" (IDREA/MSH-Lorraine) from 2011-2014, visiting professor at the Institut des Amériques Rennes (2011-2019) and at the École normale supérieure de Lyon (2018). It follows a socio-historical scientific approach based on an interdisciplinary exchange between sociology and the history of politics. He has published, among other books and articles, the book Servir Perón (Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2013). Scientific cooperation with French academic circles in SHS remains a priority in his research career.

Research Interests

Militant trajectories and political elites - Third worldism and political transfers, militants and scientists - Peronism, nationalisms and populisms - Oppositional affiliations - Theoretical and empirical production of the concept of "civilisational activism.

Militant conversions and political and administrative elites in France since the 1980s 

Elements for comparative and transnational research

My research project aims to study the state elites of militant origin in a comparative way. Taking as an example the Argentinean and French elites, it is a question of reporting on the completely different, even opposite, modalities of training and recruitment of state leaders in these countries.
In my previous research on the political environment in Argentina and France, I have shed light on the itineraries of men and women who, at some point in their careers, hold positions in public institutions. As part of the project carried out at the Paris IAS, I am seeking to extend this data by an empirical study of French political life and to build a documentary corpus, including biographical interviews, enabling me to design the scientific tools essential for my comparative approach. The French part of my investigation concerns above all the senior civil servants and high political staff.
This research will make it possible to deepen the first investigations carried out, to establish contacts with relevant actors and to gather data that will help to understand the functioning of our democracies through those who hold, temporarily or permanently, positions within the public authorities.


Contemporary period (1789-…)
Western Europe