Brazil Studies Program: "Where Does Better Governance Come From? Multi-level Politics in Brazil's Northeast"


Thursday, March 24, 2016, 12:00pm to 2:00pm


CGIS South S-050, 1730 Cambridge St.

Speaker: Jonathan Phillips, PhD Candidate, Department of Government, Harvard University

Local politics in Brazil's Northeast illustrates a range of routes to more consistent, rule-based and effective sub-national governance. Analysis of governance and public service changes in recent decades indicates which routes different localities have taken, and which have proven most sustainable.

Jonathan is a PhD student in Harvard University's Government Department. His current research for his dissertation identifies the pathways to rule-based programmatic politics, drawing on subnational cases in India, Nigeria and Brazil. He is currently conducting primary fieldwork and data collection thanks to support from the Sheldon Fellowship.

Prior to arriving at Harvard, Jonathan was a Fellow of the Overseas Development Institute working with the Nigerian government for three years as an economist. He has a master’s degree in Development Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and a BA in Politics and Economics from Oxford University.