Public Policy and Governance

2016 Sep 16

Cuba Studies Program: Voting Selectively and Voting Abstention in Cuba’s 2013 National Assembly Election: Analyzing a Cuban National Assembly Election

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S-216, 1730 Cambridge Street

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Speaker: Jorge I. Domínguez, Antonio Madero Professor for the Study of Mexico, Harvard University

Moderator: Alejandro de la Fuente, Professor of Latin-American History and...

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2016 Oct 13

Brazil Studies Program: Race Issues in Brazil: A Permanent Challenge

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S-050, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speaker: Márcia Lima, Professor, Department of Sociology, University of São Paulo; Senior Researcher, Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning, Center for Metropolitan Studies; Fellow, Afro-Latin American Research Institute, Hutchins Center, Harvard University 

How have race relations and inequalities been analyzed in the Brazilian academic debate? Has the racial issue changed in the last decades? In an attempt to answer those questions, this presentation discusses the scenario of racial inequalities in Brazil and its prior challenges.

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2016 Sep 29

Brazil Studies Program: The Institutionalization of a Party System: Brazil, 1994-2014

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S-050, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speakers: Scott Mainwaring, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard University and Fernando Bizzarro Neto, Ph.D. student, Government Department, Harvard University 

The Brazilian party system experienced high instability in the waning years of the military dictatorship (1982-85) and the early years of democracy (1985-94). From 1994 to 2014, however, the party systems became fairly institutionalized. This talk will describe and explain this process of institutionalization.   

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2016 Oct 26

El Partido Morado: Una Nueva Política para el Peruano del Siglo XXI

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge Street, Tsai Auditorium

Speaker: Julio Guzmán, Peruvian economist, politician, and leader of Peru's Partido Morado
Moderator: Steve Levitsky, David Rockefeller Professor of Latin American Studies, Department of Government, Harvard University

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2016 Nov 29

Tuesday Seminar Series: "Buying Stability: The Distributive Outcomes of Firm Responses to Risk in the Bolivian Mining Industry"

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S-250, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speaker: Matthew Amengual, Maurice F. Strong Career Development Professor, Assistant Professor, MIT Sloan School of Management

Firms operating in developing countries where institutions are weak must bargain directly with a range of societal actors who can credibly threaten to disrupt economic activity. To prevent opposition, some firms provide public goods and services broadly, while others target benefits towards a few strategically important allies. In countries where states undersupply basic public goods and services, non-state provision plays an important...

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2016 Nov 15

Tuesday Seminar Series: How Gang Activity in Neighborhoods Undermines Democracy? Impacts on Electoral and Non-Electoral Participation in El Salvador

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S-250, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speaker: Abby Córdova, DRCLAS Central America Visiting Scholar; Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Kentucky

In Latin America, crime and violence have reached unprecedented levels. The incidence of crime is particularly high in the Northern Triangle countries of Central America, where gangs (maras) largely drive homicide rates and many other criminal activities. This presentation evaluates the effects of neighborhood gang activity and crime victimization on citizens’ political participation in the context of El Salvador....

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2016 Nov 08

Tuesday Seminar Series: Shaming and Claiming for Cultural Rights: Memory and Social Movements in Mexico, Turkey, and El Salvador

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S-250, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speaker: Mneesha Gellman, Assistant Professor, Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies, Emerson College

How do marginalized people express cultural rights demands in democratizing regimes? In her new book, Democratization and Memories of Violence: Ethnic Minority Social Movements in Mexico, Turkey, and El Salvador, Dr. Gellman argues that violence-affected communities use memory-based narratives in order to shame states into cooperating with claims for cultural rights protections. Shaming and claiming is a social movement tactic that binds...

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2016 Oct 25

Tuesday Seminar Series: Visiones Críticas de la Democracia Electoral

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S-250, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speakers: Luis Foncerrada, Director General del Centro de Estudios Económicos del Sector Privado; Fan Jua Rivas, Sociedad Hipotecaria Federal; Gerardo Romero, President, Instituto Electoral del Estado de Queretaro; Gema Morales, Electoral Counselor at the Instituto Electoral del Estado de Querétaro; Ruy Gabarrón, Dean of the Law School, Universidad Anáhuac, Xalapa; Alfonso Ayala, Professor of Law, Anahuac University and...

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2016 Oct 11

Tuesday Seminar Series: The Politics of Reproduction. Abortion Reform in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S-250, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speaker: Cora Fernandez Anderson,  Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics, Mount Holyoke College

Argentina, Chile and Uruguay share general social, economic and cultural characteristics but they differ radically in their abortion policies. The presentation examines the strength of the campaigns for abortion reform, their relationships with leftist parties in power and the context of church-state relations to provide an explanation for the status of abortion policies in these countries during the last fifteen years.  

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2016 Oct 04

Tuesday Seminar Series: Fiscal Rules and Sovereign Default

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S-250, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speaker: Laura Alfaro, Warren Alpert Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

We provide a quantitative analysis of fiscal rules in a standard model of sovereign debt accumulation and default modified to incorporate quasi-hyperbolic preferences. For reasons of political economy or aggregation of citizens’ preferences, government preferences are present biased, resulting in over-accumulation of debt. Calibrating this parameter with values in the literature, the model can reproduce debt levels and frequency of default typical of emerging...

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2016 Sep 27

Tuesday Seminar: Legislative Gender Quotas and Feminist Policymaking in Argentina and Mexico

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S-250, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speaker: Jennifer Piscopo, Assistant Professor of Politics, Occidental College; Peggy Rockefeller Visiting Scholar, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University

Does women’s greater presence in elected office lead to policies that advance women’s equality? The cases of Argentina and Mexico reveal the paradoxical effects of collaboration. The more female lawmakers cooperate, the less the resultant policies pursue feminist objectives.

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2016 Sep 13

Tuesday Seminar Series: Brazil’s Impeachment and the New Latin American Instability

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S-250, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speaker: Anibal Perez-Liñan, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh

Professor Liñan will discuss three common theses about Brazil’s impeachment, and place Dilma’s case in the context of a regional wave of impeachments that began in the 1990s. Democratization, mass protests, and legislative politics are at the core of this new Latin American trend.

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2016 May 02

Challenging the Chicago Boys Heritage in Chile, a Conversation about Political and Economic Development

9:00am to 11:00am

Location: 

CGIS South S-216, 1730 Cambridge St.

Giorgio Jackson is the National Congressman for the City of Santiago and  former leader of the student movement that in 2011-2012 claimed for “free, quality public education”.

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Giorgio is one of the few representatives of the...

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