politics

Contentious Engagement: Understanding Recent Social Protest in Latin America

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 09:45

Recent events in countries like Argentina, Brazil, and Venezuela highlight the extent to which social protest often serves as a vital form of political voice in contemporary Latin America. Though certainly protest is not new in the region, and enjoys a long and storied history throughout the American continent, a growing body of evidence suggests that rates of contentious participation have spiked in many countries over the past decade (e.g., Boulding 2014; LAPOP 2008-2012).

O Avanço Tardio da Transparência no Brasil [1]

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 15:30

Nos jornais ou nos palanques lá está ela sendo cobrada, ou prometida, palavra repetida como se recém-aprendida. Tão exaltada quanto popular, no Brasil a transparência é já tida como solução para muitos dos nossos problemas. Em 2011 foi aprovada a Lei de Acesso à Informação, que regulamenta a abertura dos órgãos públicos ao cidadão, e vimos o país liderar a Parceria para o Governo Aberto (OGP), uma iniciativa internacional que tem por objetivo principal justamente a promoção da transparência. Grandes avanços, sem dúvida, mas por que só agora?

All They Wanted? Presidents, Political Support, and Agency Design in Costa Rica

Friday, May 2, 2014 - 12:45

Presidents want public institutions that give them ample control of bureaucracy. Conversely, members of Congress purposefully choose to place new agencies outside presidents’ control as a way of shielding those agencies from presidential influence. These claims are two well-known assumptions in the literature on agency design.

Conflict and Consensus in El Salvador: Contours of a Post-Neoliberal State

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 12:45

On June 1, 2014, Salvador Sanchez Ceren of the Farabundo Marti Front for National Liberation (FMLN) will assume the presidency in El Salvador.  Although the FMLN has held the Salvadoran presidency since 2009 with its independent ally, Mauricio Funes, this will be the first time that a former guerrilla commander will occupy the country’s highest office.

La Nueva Izquierda Sudamericana y los Militares

Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 12:45

La oleada de gobiernos de la “nueva izquierda” es uno de los rasgos más característicos del panorama político sudamericano de los últimos años. La literatura ha analizado distintos aspectos de este fenómeno, como por ejemplo el contexto de su establecimiento o las causas de su mayor o menor moderación política. Sin embargo, existe una dimensión que ha sido escasamente estudiada; nos referimos a la relación entre la nueva izquierda y las fuerzas armadas. En estas líneas se presenta concisamente un diseño de investigación para analizar tal aspecto.

Women, Machismo, and Politics in Latin America

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 14:15

In her first presidential speech in 2005, Michelle Bachelet remarked, “Who would have said…15 years ago that a woman would be elected president?”1 Yet many countries, such as the United States, have not been able to celebrate the election of a woman as head-of-state. Worldwide, representation of women in politics remains low: as of January 2015, only 22 percent of all national legislators were women.

Política y Regímenes de Conocimiento

Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 13:15

Los cientistas políticos estamos muy acostumbrados a distinguir las naciones según el régimen político (poliarquías, autoritarismos, regímenes híbridos, etcétera), el tipo de democracia (consensualistas o mayoritaristas, como enseñara Arend Lijphart), la forma de gobierno (presidencialismos, parlamentarismos, etcétera), el régimen de bienestar (liberal, conservador, socialdemócrata, según Gösta Esping-Andersen) o la variedad de capitalismo (liberal o coordinado, en términos de Peter Hall y David Soskice).[1] Las clasificaciones y tipologías como las mencio

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