Tuesday Seminar Series

2021 Sep 14

Prospects for Post-COVID Economic Recovery in Latin America

12:00pm to 1:20pm


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The economic toll of the Covid crisis on Latin America has been catastrophic. According to The Economist, whereas global GDP contracted by 3% last year, that of Latin America and the Caribbean fell on average by 7%, the worst of any region tracked by the IMF. Lengthy lockdowns have contributed to the exacerbation of poverty and inequality, and school closures...

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2021 Nov 30

Chile Presidential Elections

12:00pm to 1:20pm


This event is part of a virtual series. To register, click here.

On November 21, 2021, Chile will hold its first presidential election since a massive wave of protest shook the country and ushered in a period of far-reaching constitutional change. What do the results of the Chilean election tell us about the country’s changing politics--and what do they portend for the future?

Speakers: Juan Pablo Luna...

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2021 Nov 16

Impact of Venezuela Migration on Latin America

12:00pm to 1:20pm


This event is part of a virtual series. To register, click here.

Of the more than 5.6 million Venezuelans who have left Venezuela since 2017, more than 70 percent have migrated to Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. Despite their stated intention to remain in the countries that received them, they often lack regular migration status, and they have suffered from unemployment or employment discrimination and restricted access to health...

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2021 Nov 09

The Volatility Curse

12:00pm to 1:20pm


This event is part of a virtual series. To register, click here.

When does economic voting function as a mechanism of democratic accountability, and when does it fail to do so? In their new book, The Volatility Curse, Campello and Zucco show that in Latin American countries that are dependent on commodity exports and inflows of foreign capital, governments may lose popular support and be punished by voters for economic outcomes that are...

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2021 Nov 02

Protest and Repression in Latin America

12:00pm to 1:20pm


This event is part of a virtual series. To register, click here.

Latin America experienced a wave of large-scale and often sustained protest between 2018 and 2021. In Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and elsewhere, these protests triggered harsh police or paramilitary repression. How do these responses compare to earlier eras in Latin America? Have decades of democracy and human rights activism had on impact on the behavior of domestic security...

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2021 Oct 26

Technocracy vs Politics

12:00pm to 1:20pm


This event is part of a virtual series. To register, click here.

Technocrats dominated policymaking across Latin America in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Now, in much of the region, including its largest democracies, voters and politicians on both the left and the right have challenged the role of technocrats in democratic governments. What explains technocrats’ declining legitimacy in many Latin American democracies?...

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2021 Oct 19

Populism and the Courts in Latin America

12:00pm to 1:20pm


This event is part of a virtual series. To register, click here.

Populist presidents have assaulted (or seriously threatened) judicial independence in much of Latin America in the early twenty-first century. What drives these attacks? How do courts resist them? And why have some judiciaries proven more resilient in the face of populist governments than others?

Speakers: Julio Rios Figueroa, Associate...

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2021 Oct 12

Abortion Politics In Latin America

12:00pm to 1:20pm


This event is part of a virtual series. To register, click here.

Argentina’s legalization of abortion on demand in 2020 was closely followed across Latin America. The role of religion in politics has changed dramatically in the region. On the one hand, societies gave grown more secular and the influence of the Catholic Church has waned; on the other hand, growing evangelical movements have given new life to social conservatism. How are the...

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2021 Oct 05

The Geography of State Power: Political Antagonism and Partisan Statebuilding in Colombia and Mexico

12:00pm to 1:20pm


This event is part of a virtual series. To register, click here.

Why do states develop more effective authority in some parts of their territory and domains of governance than in others? The Geography of State Power attributes contemporary variation in the state’s ability in Mexico and Colombia to perform such core functions as taxation, coercion, and public service provision within its borders to the historical lines of political...

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2021 Sep 28

Mexico's Mid-term Elections & New Balances of Power

12:00pm to 1:20pm


This event is part of a virtual series. To register, click here.

Mexico's July 2021 mid-term elections were seen as a key test of strength between the government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) and its opponents. What are the election’s consequences, both for the AMLO government’s agenda and for Mexican democracy?

Speakers: Denisse Dresser, Political analyst and columnist;...

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2021 Apr 27

Reforming Chile’s Constitution: The Debate over Social and Ethnic Rights

12:00pm to 1:20pm


This event is part of a virtual series. It will be held in English with simultaneous Spanish interpretation. To view the recording, click here

Speakers: Veronica Figueroa Huencho, Associate Professor at the Institute of Public Affairs, University of Chile; Daniel Brinks, Professor of Government and of Law, UT Texas at Austin; Rossana Castiglioni, Professor of Political Science, Universidad...

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2021 Apr 20

Votes, Drugs, and Violence: The Political Logic of Criminal Wars in Mexico

12:00pm to 1:20pm

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Speakers: Sandra Ley, Assistant Professor of Political Studies, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE); Guillermo Trejo, Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame
Discussant: Kaitlyn Chriswell, PhD Candidate in Government, Harvard University
Moderated by: Alisha Holland, Associate Professor of Government...

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2021 Apr 13

Peru’s Presidential Election: A Path Out of Crisis, or More of the Same?

12:00pm to 1:20pm


This event is part of a virtual series. It will be held in Spanish with simultaneous English translation. To view the recording, click here

Speakers: Marisa Glave, Peruvian Sociologist and Politician, Member of Congress (2016-2019); Maria Antonieta Alva, Peruvian Former Minister of Economy and Finance (...

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