Public Policy and Governance

2019 Sep 30

Voting for Strongmen: Nationalist and Populist Leadership in Brazil and India

4:30pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S020

Speakers:
Rachel Brule, Assistant Professor of Global Development Policy, Boston University
Bruno Carvalho, Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University
Patrick Heller, Professor of Sociology and International and Public Affairs, Brown University

Around the world, numerous nations have witnessed a resurgence of strongman politics — and with it, many governments are bypassing democratic norms and embracing populist ideals. Focusing on President Bolsonaro of Brazil and Prime Minister Modi of India, the speakers on this panel will discuss what...

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Daniel by the river in the Amazon

Interview with Fellowship recipient Daniel Martínez, on his Amazonian journey for social justice

April 22, 2019

By Diego C. Smirne

Your objectives are to better understand Amazonia’s local issues such as ecology, economy and drug trafficking to learn about the struggles for social justice of the communities that live in the area.  Could you tell us more about your interest in the Amazon region and how the idea for this endeavor began? Were there any specific issues you had in mind?

I was awarded a travel fellowship that was founded in 1965 to honor the...

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2019 Mar 12

The Other Side of Violence: Marielle Franco and the Struggle for Brazilian Democracy

5:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

Basement Seminar Room, Robinson Hall, 35 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA 02138

In 2016, Marielle Franco was elected to Rio de Janeiro’s City Council as a member of the Socialism and Liberty Party. She was a woman of African descent from a favela community who earned a master’s degree. She was a single mother in a committed relationship with another woman. Marielle worked for the welfare of LGBTQ and poor populations, including families of deceased police members. She was a feminist, a bridge-builder and a radical defender of human rights. She represented hopes of political renewal for countless Brazilians. On March 14, 2018, Marielle and...

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2019 Apr 18

Book Discussion: Guerrilla Marketing and Managing Multiculturalism in Colombia

4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S216, 1730 Cambridge Street

Guerrilla Marketing: Counterinsurgency and Capitalism in Colombia

A new book, Guerrilla Marketing, details the Colombian government’s efforts to transform Marxist guerrilla fighters in the FARC into consumer citizens. Alexander L. Fattal shows how the market has become one of the principal grounds on which counterinsurgency warfare is waged and postconflict futures are imagined in Colombia. This layered case study illuminates a larger phenomenon: the convergence of marketing and militarism in the twenty-first century. Taking a global view of...

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2019 Feb 12

Tuesday Seminar Series: El Salvador's 2019 Presidential Election

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S250, 1730 Cambridge Street

Melendez Topic ImageOn February 3, 2019, El Salvador held its sixth presidential election since the end of Salvadoran Civil War. Two weeks before the election, Nayib Bukele, a populist with clear authoritarian tendencies, held a comfortable lead in the polls. In the wake of soaring homicide rates and a series of corruption...

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2019 Feb 06

Brazil Studies Seminar Series: Political Power, Elite Control, and Long-Run Development: Evidence from Brazil

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S050, 1730 Cambridge Street

This paper studies the effects of local political concentration on long-run economic development in Brazil. Contrary to what is observed in other contexts and time periods, we document that municipalities with higher levels of political concentration prior to Brazil’s military dictatorship (1964-1985) achieved higher levels of development in the long-run. We argue that the attempts of the military to undermine the power of traditional elites generated positive dynamics in terms of economic development. As evidence of this, we show that the municipalities where power was concentrated in...

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2019 Apr 09

Tuesday Seminar Series: Non-Policy Politics: Richer Voters, Poorer Voters, and the Diversification of Electoral Strategies (book presentation)

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S030, 1730 Cambridge Street

This book focuses on the non-policy benefits that voters consider when deciding their vote. In addition to proposing policies, parties deliver non-policy benefits, such as competent economic management, constituency service, and patronage. This book provides a unified view of how politicians deliver broad portfolios of policy and non-policy benefits to their constituency. Non-policy resources also shape parties' ideological positions. The book shows which type of electoral offers parties target to either poorer or richer voters and their implications in terms of democratic responsiveness...

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2018 Nov 30

Reformist Alternatives to Populism in Contemporary Latin America

2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S-030

J_Guzman

**THIS TALK WILL BE IN SPANISH**

Livestreaming link: https://www.facebook.com/harvardperu/videos/525344734609294/

The effects of worldwide structural transformations such as technological innovation, globalization, and climate change are altering the way we live in, threatening people’s values and core...

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2018 Nov 14

The Uruguayan Experience: In an Unstable Region, Is a Small and Open Economy Possible?

12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

CGIS South, Room S-030

bonilla_uruguay

Rapid growth in the 19th century placed Uruguay among the richest nations of the world on a per capita basis in the first half of the 20th, to slide into a period of decline for the rest of in the century. At the start of the 21st century, it once again experienced rapid growth, in recent years surpassing...

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