Events

    2020 Feb 04

    Brazil Under Bolsonaro: Brasil Acima de Tudo, Deus Acima de Todos

    12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, S-250

    Speaker: Amy Erica Smith, Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Professor and Associate Professor of Political Science, Iowa State University               

    Moderator: Frances Hagopian, Jorge Paulo Lemann Senior Lecturer on Government

    How have Brazilian society and politics changed in Jair Bolsonaro's first year in the presidency? In rhetoric and style, Bolsonaro has intensified culture war politics, setting his camp up for Manichean battles against perceived enemies who range from the...

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    2019 Nov 19

    A new approach in peacebuilding: the role of the private sector in the reintegration of Colombia’s excombatants

    12:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, S250

    Speaker: Juana García Duque, Associate Professor at the Business School, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia; Santo Domingo Visiting Scholar, DRCLAS
    Moderator: Fernando Bizzarro, PhD student, Department of Government; Graduate Student Associate, DRCLAS

    The current Colombian context presents various challenges for peacebuilding, specifically regarding the reintegration and reincorporation of former combatants from illegal armed groups into civil society. The reintegration of ex-combatants implies a complex process that includes,...

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    2019 Nov 12

    Torture as a method of criminal prosecution: Democratization, Criminal Justice Reform, and the Mexican Drug War

    12:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, S250

    Speaker: Beatriz Magaloni, Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University
    Moderator: Fernando Bizzarro, PhD student, Department of Government; Graduate Student Associate, DRCLAS

    A criminal trial is likely the most signicant interaction a citizen will ever have with the state; its conduct and adherence to norms of fairness bear directly on the quality of government, extent of democratic consolidation, and human...

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    2019 Oct 22

    A Tweeted History of the 2019 Argentine Election: It's not fake news if we believe the thread

    12:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, S-250, 1730 Cambridge Street

    Speaker: Ernesto Calvo, Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Government and Politics, University of Maryland-College Park
    Moderator: Fernando Bizzarro, PhD student, Department of Government; Graduate Student Associate, DRCLAS

    Social networks are today the primary source of political content among the unsteadily informed voters of Latin America. Much of the content, produced and published by traditional news organizations, caters to communities of partisans who activate posts among their peers. In this presentation,...

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    2019 Oct 15

    Cooperative Property Rights and Development: Evidence from Land Reform in El Salvador

    12:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, S250, 1730 Cambridge Street

    Speaker: Eduardo Montero, Academy Scholar, The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies; Assistant Professor, Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan
    Moderator: Fernando Bizzarro, PhD student, Department of Government; Graduate Student Associate, DRCLAS

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    2019 Oct 08

    Population Pressures: Migration, Repression, and Agrarian Reform in Latin America

    12:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, S250, 1730 Cambridge Street

    Speaker: Emily Sellars, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Yale University
    Moderator: Fernando Bizzarro, PhD student, Department of Government; Graduate Student Associate, DRCLAS

    headshot of Emily SellarsDoes emigration undermine pressure for agrarian change? I examine how the...

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    2019 Oct 01

    Democratic Deepening and Political Parties: The National Implementation of Binding Participatory Institutions

    12:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, S250, 1730 Cambridge Street

    Speaker: Jared Abbott, PhD candidate, Department of Government
    Moderator: Fernando Bizzarro, PhD student, Department of Government; Graduate Student Associate, DRCLAS

    Jared Abbott Why are local-level participatory institutions implemented nationally in some countries but...

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    2019 Sep 17

    Hybrid Regimes within Democracies: Argentina's Subnational Rentier States in Comparative Perspective

    12:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, S250, 1730 Cambridge Street

    Speaker: Carlos Gervasoni, Associate Professor of Political Science, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella
    Moderator: Fernando Bizzarro, PhD student, Department of Government; Graduate Student Associate, DRCLAS

    Sitting PresidentBoth democratic and not-very-democratic (or...
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    2019 Sep 10

    Strategies of Redistribution. The Left and the Popular Sectors in Latin America

    12:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, S216, 1730 Cambridge Street

    Speaker: Andrés Schipani, PhD in Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
    Moderator: Fernando Bizzarro, PhD student, Department of Government; Graduate Student Associate, DRCLAS

    Andres SchipaniThe study analyzes the different redistributive strategies adopted by presidents...

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    2019 Apr 23

    The political origins of Mexico’s corruption

    12:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, S250, 1730 Cambridge Street

    Speaker: Viridiana Rios, Ph.D. in Government, Harvard University

    Moderator: Steven Levitsky, Professor of Government, Harvard University

    In contexts where corruption is widespread, why do some incumbents choose to not be corrupt? My research argues that party loyalty is a major influence to reduce corruption and test this argument using fine-grained data of 12 billion dollars audited to 3,601 local incumbents over a period of 16 years. Contributing to an unsettled and vibrant...

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    2019 Apr 16

    Gone with the wind? Exploring Fujimorismo’s decay in contemporary Peru

    12:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, S250, 1730 Cambridge Street

    Speaker: Alberto Vergara, Professor of Social and Political Sciences, Universidad del Pacífico (Lima, Peru)

    Moderator: Steven Levitsky, Professor of Government, Harvard University

    Political parties are usually depicted as indispensable for democracies. However, Latin American history does not lack of instances of parties playing against democracy. Observing the case of Fuerza Popular (the Peruvian Fujimorista party) will allow us to analyze the ways how a political vehicle might...

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    2019 Apr 09

    Non-Policy Politics: Richer Voters, Poorer Voters, and the Diversification of Electoral Strategies (book presentation)

    12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, S030, 1730 Cambridge Street

    Speaker: María Victoria Murillo, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, Columbia University

    Moderator: Steven Levitsky, Professor of Government, Harvard University

    This book focuses on the non-policy benefits that voters consider when deciding their vote. In addition to proposing policies, parties deliver non-policy benefits, such as competent economic management, constituency service, and patronage. This book provides a unified view of how politicians...

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    2019 Mar 12

    Voting for Victors: Why Violent Actors Win Postwar Elections

    12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, S250, 1730 Cambridge Street

    Sarah DalyThis project seeks to understand political life after episodes of mass violence. After suffering wartime atrocities and winning peace, millions of people around the world elect to live under the rule of political actors with deep roots in the violent organizations of the past. This book analyzes why citizens vote for...

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    2019 Feb 26

    Venezuela: Understanding the Crisis. Building a Sustainable Solution

    12:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, S020, 1730 Cambridge Street

    Speaker: Temir Porras Ponceleon, CEO, Ventuari Partners

    Moderator: Steven Levitsky, Professor of Government, Harvard University

    Temir Porras Ponceleon began his public service career in the Republic of France and continued in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. He specialized in foreign policy, sovereign credit, and oil. He has brokered and negotiated political and trade deals at the presidential level for more than 10 years in Latin...

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