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Lecture: The Politics of Coalitional Presidentialism in Latin America

Publication date: Nov 19, 2013 11:17:02 AM

Start: May 7, 2014 5:30:00 PM
End: May 7, 2014 7:30:00 PM

Location: UCL-Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PN


Tim Power (Oxford) - Elections in Latin America frequently produce presidents whose parties do not command a majority in the legislature, thus forcing these executive to fashion multiparty coalitions in order to govern. This presentation examines the tools which presidents use to form and maintain interparty coalitions in Brazil, Chile and Ecuador, while assessing the impact of these same tools on governance and on democratic quality.

Timothy J Power is University Lecturer in Brazilian Studies and a Fellow of St Cross College at the University of Oxford, where he is also a member of the Department of Politics and International Relations and director of graduate studies in Politics. From 2018-2012 he directed the university’s Latin American Centre (www.lac.ox.ac.uk).

Dr Power is a former president of the Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA) and he is currently serving as Treasurer of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA). His interests include political parties, elections, and executive-legislative relations in Latin America, particularly Brazil. He is currently co-principal investigator on the Coalitional Presidentialism Project, a three year ESRC-funded initiative examining strategies of multiparty governance in nine new democracies in Africa, Latin America and the former Soviet Union.

Attendance is free of charge but registration is required.