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 to Harvard, she was a doctoral fellow of the Federal Scientific Council in Argentina where she received her B.A in Sociology and masters in Political Science. Belén’s dissertation studies how economic elites organize to influence policy making in Latin American democracies. Her work compares how agricultural producers organize in the electoral arena in Argentina, Brazil and Chile and explains why they have chosen different strategies of political participation. Besides her dissertation, Belén is working, together with Prof. Candelaria Garay at HKS, in a project that studies the political determinants of deforestation in the Argentine Chaco forest.