Book Talk: Party Systems in Latin America: Institutionalization, Decay, and Collapse

Date: 

Monday, March 19, 2018, 4:15pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200 North

Join the Ash Center and David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) at Harvard University for a book talk with Scott Mainwaring, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor of Brazil Studies and the Faculty Co-chair of the Harvard Brazil Studies Program, author of Party Systems in Latin America: Institutionalization, Decay, and Collapse

Candelaria Garay, Associate Professor of Public Policy; Frances Hagopian, Jorge Paulo Lemann Senior Lecturer on Government at Harvard University and the Faculty Chair of the Brazil Studies Program at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies; and Steve Levitsky, Professor of Government at Harvard University; will serve as respondants. Anthony Saich, Director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and Daewoo Professor of International Affairs, will moderate. 

Reception to follow.

Co-sponsored by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School.
 

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Based on contributions from leading scholars, this study generates a wealth of new empirical information about Latin American party systems. It also contributes richly to major theoretical and comparative debates about the effects of party systems on democratic politics, and about why some party systems are much more stable and predictable than others. Party Systems in Latin America builds on, challenges, and updates Mainwaring and Timothy Scully's seminal Building Democratic Institutions: Party Systems in Latin America (1995), which re-oriented the study of democratic party systems in the developing world. It is essential reading for scholars and students of comparative party systems, democracy, and Latin American politics. It shows that a stable and predictable party system facilitates important democratic processes and outcomes, but that building and maintaining such a party system has been the exception rather than the norm in contemporary Latin America.