Tuesday Seminar: Latin American Party Systems: Institutionalization and Erosion


Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 12:00pm to 2:00pm


CGIS South, S-250, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speaker: Scott Mainwaring, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Kennedy School

Latin American party systems cover most of the spectrum among the world’s democracies in institutionalization: from moderately highly institutionalized (Uruguay, Mexico, and Chile) to very low institutionalization (Guatemala, Peru). This presentation will reconceptualize party system institutionalization (PSI), present indicators for contemporary Latin America about levels of PSI, and offer some evidence about why weak PSI is problematic for democracy.  

Scott Mainwaring is the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at the Harvard Kennedy School, a position he began in July 2016. Before that, he taught at the University of Notre Dame for 33 years. His work focuses on democratization and party systems. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.