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***CHANGE OF VENUE***Lecture: Democracies and Dictatorships in Latin America: Emergence, Survival and Fall

Publication date: Sep 3, 2013 2:27:50 PM

Start: Feb 12, 2014 5:30:00 PM
End: Feb 12, 2014 7:30:00 PM

Location: UCL Lecture Theater B05, Chadwick Building, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

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***Please note this event will be taking place at the UCL Lecture Theater B05, Chadwick Building, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT***

This talk, by Scott Mainwaring, is based on his very recently published book, coauthored by Aníbal Perez-Liñán. The book examines the emergence and the subsequent propensity of democracies and dictatorships to survive or break down in Latin America from 1900 until 2010. Because of their conviction that existing theories did not adequately explain regime change or stability for Latin America, the authors developed a new theory to explain regime change and stability. Their approach is situated between long term structural or macrocultural theories and analyses that focus on the swiftly changing coalitions at moments of regime change or the decisions of specific leaders. They emphasize the politically constructed preferences of specific political actors--especially their policy moderation or radicalism and their normative orientation toward democracy. The book offers the first extended analysis of regime emergence, survival, and breakdown of all twenty Latin American countries over an extended time.

Scott Mainwaring is the Eugene and Helen Conley Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. His research interests include democratic institutions and democratization; political parties and party systems; and the Catholic Church in Latin America. His book with Aníbal Perez-Liñán, Democracies and Dictatorships in Latin America: Emergence, Survival, and Fall, is scheduled for publication in late 2013 (Cambridge University Press). He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2010. In 2007, he was listed as one of the 400 most cited political scientists teaching in the United States. In 2005, he won the James C. Burns, CSC Graduate School Award, given annually to a Notre Dame faculty member for distinguished teaching of graduate students, and in 2013, he won Notre Dame's Research Reward, given annually for distinction in research. More about Scott Mainwaring here.

Attendance is free of charge but registration is required.