Tuesday Seminar Series

2018 Oct 16

The 2018 Elections in Brazil

12:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S020, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speakers: Scott Mainwaring, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor of Brazil Studies, Faculty Co-chair of the Harvard Brazil Studies Program; Fernando Bizzarro, Graduate Student Affiliate, PhD Candidate, Department of Government, Harvard University

Moderator: Steve Levitsky,  Professor of Government at Harvard University.  

After experiencing the world's largest corruption scandal and the country's worst economic crisis, Brazilians voted in what many have called "the most important elections since...

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2018 Oct 02

Changing Course? Understanding Mexico's 2018 Election

12:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S250, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speaker: Gustavo Flores Macías, Associate Professor of Government, Cornell University

Moderators: Steve Levitsky, Professor of Government and Fran Hagopian, Jorge Paulo Lemann Senior Lecturer on Government

Gustavo A. Flores-Macías is Associate Professor of Government at Cornell University and the 2017-18 Democracy and Development Fellow at Princeton University. He is the author of After Neoliberalism? The Left and Economic Reforms in Latin America (Oxford University Press, 2012) and editor of the volume The...

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2018 Sep 25

Colombia's 2018 Elections: Implications for the Peace Process and Criminal Dynamics

12:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S250, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speaker: Angelica Duran-Martinez, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Angélica Durán-Martínez is an assistant professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. She obtained a Ph.D. in Political Science at Brown University, a B.A. from Universidad Nacional de Colombia and an M.A. from New York University. She is the author of “The Politics of Drug Violence: Criminals, Cops, and Politicians in Colombia and Mexico” (Oxford University Press, 2018). Her...

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2018 Sep 18

Human Rights and Transformative Constitutionalism in Latin America: The Impact of the Inter-American System

12:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S250, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speaker: Flávia Piovesan, Professor of Constitutional Law and Human Rights, Catholic University of São Paulo

Latin America is characterized by high levels of exclusion and violence, in addition to democracies that are still in a consolidation phase. In this context, the Inter-American System can contribute to establishing human rights standards, offsetting national deficits and fostering a new power dynamic among social actors. It can play a transformative role in strengthening human rights, democracy and the rule of law in the region. The...

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2018 Sep 11

Tuesday Seminar Series: Republican Shields in Times of Executive Excesses: Revisiting the Uruguayan Collegial Governments (1952-1966)

12:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S250, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speaker: David Altman, Professor, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile; Luksic Visiting Scholar

Moderators: Steve Levitsky, Professor of Government, Harvard University and Fran Hagopian, Jorge Paulo Lemann Senior Lecturer on Government, Harvard University

How do you limit the temptations and excesses of government chief executives in a democratic context? Theoretically, systems in which multiple people share executive power –collegial executives – might be one way to prevent abuses of power by leaders who concentrate authority...

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2019 Sep 17

Hybrid Regimes within Democracies: Argentina's Subnational Rentier States in Comparative Perspective

12:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S250, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speaker: Carlos Gervasoni, Associate Professor of Political Science, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella
Moderator: Fernando Bizzarro, PhD student, Department of Government; Graduate Student Associate, DRCLAS

Sitting PresidentBoth democratic and not-very-democratic (or...
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2019 Sep 10

Strategies of Redistribution. The Left and the Popular Sectors in Latin America

12:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S216, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speaker: Andrés Schipani, PhD in Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
Moderator: Fernando Bizzarro, PhD student, Department of Government; Graduate Student Associate, DRCLAS

Andres SchipaniThe study analyzes the different redistributive strategies adopted by presidents...

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2019 Oct 22

A Tweeted History of the 2019 Argentine Election: It's not fake news if we believe the thread

12:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S-250, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speaker: Ernesto Calvo, Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Government and Politics, University of Maryland-College Park
Moderator: Fernando Bizzarro, PhD student, Department of Government; Graduate Student Associate, DRCLAS

Social networks are today the primary source of political content among the unsteadily informed voters of Latin America. Much of the content, produced and published by traditional news organizations, caters to communities of partisans who activate posts among their peers. In this presentation,...

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2019 Oct 15

Cooperative Property Rights and Development: Evidence from Land Reform in El Salvador

12:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S250, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speaker: Eduardo Montero, Academy Scholar, The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies; Assistant Professor, Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan
Moderator: Fernando Bizzarro, PhD student, Department of Government; Graduate Student Associate, DRCLAS

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2019 Oct 08

Population Pressures: Migration, Repression, and Agrarian Reform in Latin America

12:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S250, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speaker: Emily Sellars, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Yale University
Moderator: Fernando Bizzarro, PhD student, Department of Government; Graduate Student Associate, DRCLAS

headshot of Emily SellarsDoes emigration undermine pressure for agrarian change? I examine how the...

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2019 Oct 01

Democratic Deepening and Political Parties: The National Implementation of Binding Participatory Institutions

12:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S250, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speaker: Jared Abbott, PhD candidate, Department of Government
Moderator: Fernando Bizzarro, PhD student, Department of Government; Graduate Student Associate, DRCLAS

Jared Abbott Why are local-level participatory institutions implemented nationally in some countries but...

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2019 Nov 19

A new approach in peacebuilding: the role of the private sector in the reintegration of Colombia’s excombatants

12:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S250

Speaker: Juana García Duque, Associate Professor at the Business School, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia; Santo Domingo Visiting Scholar, DRCLAS
Moderator: Fernando Bizzarro, PhD student, Department of Government; Graduate Student Associate, DRCLAS

The current Colombian context presents various challenges for peacebuilding, specifically regarding the reintegration and reincorporation of former combatants from illegal armed groups into civil society. The reintegration of ex-combatants implies a complex process that includes,...

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2019 Nov 12

Torture as a method of criminal prosecution: Democratization, Criminal Justice Reform, and the Mexican Drug War

12:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S250

Speaker: Beatriz Magaloni, Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University
Moderator: Fernando Bizzarro, PhD student, Department of Government; Graduate Student Associate, DRCLAS

A criminal trial is likely the most signicant interaction a citizen will ever have with the state; its conduct and adherence to norms of fairness bear directly on the quality of government, extent of democratic consolidation, and human...

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