UCL Institute of the Americas


The Politics of Institutional Weakness in Latin America

26 May 2022, 5:00 pm–6:00 pm

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An event part of the UCL Institute of the Americas series Democracy and Governance in the Americas

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Professor Maria Victoria Murillo presented her most recent book: The Politics of Institutional Weakness in Latin America (edited with Daniel M. Brinks -- University of Texas, Austin, and Steven Levitsky -- Harvard). This volume offers a conceptual and theoretical framework for studying weak institutions. It introduces different dimensions of institutional weakness and explores the origins and consequences of that weakness. Challenging existing theories of institutional design, the volume helps us understand the logic that drives the creation of weak institutions and the conditions under which we may transform them into institutions that matter.

About the speaker:

Professor Maria Victoria Murillo is the director of the Institute of Latin American Studies and a professor in the Department of Political Science and the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

She is the author of many influential books on Latin American Politics. She has also published many articles in top journals in political science and political economy. Her research focuses on distributive politics in Latin America, including labor politics and labor regulations, public utility reform, education reform, and economic policy. Professor Murillo received her B.A. from the Universidad de Buenos Aires and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. Murillo has taught at Yale University, was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University (Harvard Academy for Area Studies & David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies), at the Russell Sage Foundation, and a Fulbright fellow. Murillo is also the co-editor of the Latin American Politics and Society Series of Elements by Cambridge University Press.

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