Events

    2018 Apr 10

    Contention, Coalitions, and the Politics of Education Reform in Latin America

    12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, S250, 1730 Cambridge Street

    Speaker: Ben Ross Schneider, Ford International Professor of Political Science, MIT; Director of the MIT-Brazil Program

    Moderator: Steven Levitsky, Professor of Government at Harvard University

    Access to education in Latin America expanded rapidly in recent decades, but education quality still lags. To tackle the quality challenge, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Mexico, and some states in Brazil enacted in the 2010s ambitious and promising reforms, often in the face of fierce opposition, especially from teacher unions and...

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    2018 Mar 27

    The Political Crisis in Honduras: Implications for Democracy and U.S. Policy

    12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, S250, 1730 Cambridge Street

    Speaker: Michael Shifter, President, Inter-American Dialogue

    Moderator: Steven Levitsky, Professor of Government at Harvard University

    By any standard, the 2017 presidential election in Honduras was a major setback for democracy. President Juan Orlando Hernández’s decision to run for reelection was fraught with constitutional problems. The electoral authorities mysteriously stopped counting votes when the opposition candidate was ahead. When counting resumed, Hernández was somehow in the lead. Calls from the Secretary...

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    2018 Mar 20

    Bolivia’s Process of Change at Twelve

    12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, S250, 1730 Cambridge Street

    Speaker: Martin Liby Troein, PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science, MIT

    Moderator: Steven Levitsky, Professor of Government, Harvard University 

    Morales ascended the presidency in 2006 on promises of far-going change. In office since then, he has largely delivered: Writing a new constitution, nationalizing the hydrocarbons sector, and providing greater political and economic inclusion for Bolivia’s indigenous majority. But in contrast to counterparts in Venezuela and Ecuador, with which the Morales administration...

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    2018 Feb 27

    Varieties of Capitalism and Sub-Types of Populism: Reflections on Latin America and Europe

    12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, S250, 1730 Cambridge Street

    Speaker: Kenneth Roberts, Richard J. Schwartz Professor of Government at Cornell University

    Moderator: Steven Levitsky, Professor of Government at Harvard University

    Many scholars have drawn distinctions between left-leaning, so-called “inclusionary” populism in Latin America and right-wing “exclusionary” populism in Europe. The recent rise of left populisms in the aftermath of Southern Europe’s financial crisis, however, has strong parallels to the Latin American experience, and it casts doubt on any...

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    2018 Feb 20

    Legacies of Revolution: Peasant Militias and the Rule of Law in Mexico

    12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, S250, 1730 Cambridge Street

    Speaker: Mariano Sánchez-Talanquer, Academy Scholar, Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies

    Moderator: Steven Levitsky, Professor of Government, Harvard University

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    2018 Feb 13

    In the Shadow of Recognition: Conflict, Identity and Resources in the Andes

    12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, S250, 1730 Cambridge Street

    Lorenza FontanaSpeaker: Lorenza B. Fontana, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow, Weatherhead Scholars Program. Research Associate, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Politics and International Studies, Open University

    Moderator: Steven Levitsky, Professor of...

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    2018 Jan 30

    From Sandinismo to Orteguismo: the new-look FSLN and authoritarian regression in Nicaragua

    12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, S250, 1730 Cambridge Street

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    Speaker: Mateo Jarquín, PhD Candidate, Department of History, Harvard University

    Moderator: Steven Levitsky, Professor of Government, Harvard University

    Today most historic Sandinista leaders oppose current president Daniel Ortega. This talk shows how a much-...

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    2017 Nov 21

    On the Ballots, in the Streets or under the Table: Explaining Business Political Strategies in Latin America

    12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, S250, 1730 Cambridge Street

    Speaker: Belén Fernández Milmanda, PhD Candidate, Department of Government, Harvard University

    Moderator: Steven Levitsky, Professor of Government, Harvard University

    Belen will be presenting an advance of her dissertation which studies how rural elites organize to influence policy-making in Argentina, Brazil and Chile and explains why they have chosen different strategies of political participation.

    Belén Fernández Milmanda is a fifth-year Ph. D. candidate at the Government Department. Before coming...

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    2017 Nov 14

    Unlocking the State’s Front Door: Principled Commitment NGOs and Environmental Rights in Argentina and Colombia

    12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, S250, 1730 Cambridge Street

    Speaker: Veronica Herrera, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Connecticut

    Moderator: Steven Levitsky, Professor of Government, Harvard University 

    The distance between the state and grassroots claims is long. To access the state territorial groups must overcome limited material resources education and time as well as public officials who dismiss them as illegitimate policymaking partners. This paper based on extensive field research examines the construction of advocacy networks for environmental...

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    2017 Nov 07

    The Long Run Effects of Agricultural Productivity Shocks: Irrigation and Structural Change in Mexico

    12:00pm to 2:00pm

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    Speaker: Melissa Dell, Assistant Professor of Economics, Harvard University

    Moderator: Steven Levitsky, Professor of Government, Harvard University

    This study examines the long-run impacts of irrigation on agricultural productivity and economic development in Mexico using data...

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    2017 Oct 24

    Democratic Innovations and Citizen Participation in Latin America

    12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, S250, 1730 Cambridge Street

    Speaker: Thamy Pogrebinschi,  Democracy Visiting Fellow Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation,  Harvard Kennedy School 

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    While Latin America consistently scores badly in most assessments of democracy it has been celebrated by many as a laboratory of citizen...

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    2017 Oct 10

    Living in Fear: The Dynamics of Criminal Extortion in Mexico's Drug War

    12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, S250, 1730 Cambridge Street

    Speaker: Beatriz Magaloni, Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science; Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University

    Moderator: Steven Levitsky, Professor of Government, Harvard University

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