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Politics and Society in Latin America

About this Cambridge Elements series

Latin American politics and society are at a crossroads, simultaneously confronting serious challenges and remarkable opportunities that are likely to be shaped by formal institutions and informal practices alike. The new Politics and Society in Latin America Cambridge Elements series will offer multidisciplinary and methodologically pluralist contributions on the most important topics and problems confronted by the region.

The series seeks two types of contributions (averaging 25,000 words in length): 1) state of the art and agenda-setting pieces, primarily by established scholars in the field; and 2) empirically rich contributions on cutting-edge and emerging topics in Latin American politics and society. The series’ intended audiences are faculty, students, and practitioners. 

Areas of interest

Contemporary Latin America faces profound challenges and opportunities: authoritarian enclaves in nascent democracies, distributive conflict amidst declining socioeconomic inequality, environmental crisis and reform, and continuous attempts at reforming institutions and incorporating new forms of citizenship. In light of these historical transformations, the series aims to address perennial questions on the origins of social and political order; the salience and character of ethnic and national identity; the definition, durability, and force of formal institutions; the evolution and resilience of informal practices; and the relative importance of material and non-material motivations in political and economic behavior, among others. The series welcomes contributions on state-building, democratization, transitional justice, authoritarianism, populism, different forms of inequality, political parties and social movements, identity and gender politics, resource extraction, environmental degradation and sustainability, sub-national governments, violence, organized crime, corruption, informality, governance, urban development, and demographic changes, among other topics.

About the editors

Tulia G. Falleti is the Class of 1965 Term Associate Professor of Political Science, Director of the Latin American and Latino Studies Program, and Senior Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her BA in Sociology from the Universidad de Buenos Aires and her Ph.D. in Political Science from Northwestern University. Falleti is the author of Decentralization and Subnational Politics in Latin America (Cambridge University Press, 2010), which earned the Donna Lee Van Cott Award for best book on political institutions from the Latin American Studies Association. She is co-editor, with Orfeo Fioretos and Adam Sheingate, of The Oxford Handbook of Historical Institutionalism (Oxford University Press, 2016), among other edited books. Her articles on decentralization, federalism, authoritarianism, and qualitative methods have appeared in edited volumes and journals such as the American Political Science ReviewComparative Political StudiesPubliusStudies in Comparative International Development, and Qualitative Sociology, among others.

Juan Pablo Luna is Professor of Political Science at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He received his BA in Applied Social Sciences from the UCUDAL (Uruguay) and his PhD in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of Segmented Representation. Political Party Strategies in Unequal Democracies (Oxford University Press, 2014), and has co-authored Latin American Party Systems (Cambridge University Press, 2010). In 2014, along with Cristobal Rovira, he co-edited The Resilience of the Latin American Right (Johns Hopkins University). His work on political representation, state capacity, and organized crime has appeared in the following journals: Comparative Political Studies, Revista de Ciencia Política, the Journal of Latin American StudiesLatin American Politics and Society, Studies in Comparative International Development, Política y Gobierno, Democratization, Perfiles Latinoamericanos, and the Journal of Democracy.

Maria Victoria Murillo is Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at Columbia University. She received her BA from the Universidad de Buenos Aires and her PhD from Harvard University. She is the author of Labor Unions, Partisan Coalitions, and Market Reforms in Latin America (Cambridge University Press 2001) and Political Competition, Partisanship, and Policymaking in the Reform of Latin American Public Utilities (Cambridge University Press, 2009). She is also editor of Carreras Magisteriales, Desempeño Educativo y Sindicatos de Maestros en América Latina (Flacso 2003), and co-editor with Steven Levitsky of Argentine Democracy: the Politics of Institutional Weakness (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2005), and with Mario Pecheny and Roberto Gargarella of Discutir Alfonsín (Siglo XXI 2010). She has published in edited volumes as well as in the American Journal of Political Science, World Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Politics, World Development, Latin American Research ReviewDesarrollo Economico, and Foro Internacional, among others.

Andrew Schrank is the Olive C. Watson Professor of Sociology and International & Public Affairs at Brown University. He received his BA from the University of Michigan and his PhD from the University of Wisconsin. His articles on business, labor, and the state in Latin America have appeared in the American Journal of SociologyComparative PoliticsComparative Political StudiesLatin American Politics & SocietySocial Forces, and World Development, among other journals, and his co-authored book, Root-Cause Regulation: Labor Inspection in Europe and the Americas, is forthcoming at Harvard University Press.

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If you would like more information about this series, or are interested in writing an Element, please contact the editors: 

Tulia G. Falleti

Juan Pablo Luna

Maria Victoria Murillo

Andrew Schrank

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Editorial Board

Javier Auyero, University of Texas at Austin

Daniela Campello, Fundação Getúlio Vargas

Eduardo Dargent, Universidad Catolica, Peru

Alberto Diaz-Cayeros, Stanford University

Kathy Hoschtetler, London School of Economics

Evelyne Huber, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Robert Kaufman, Rutgers University

Steven Levitsky, Harvard University

Antonio Lucero, University of Washington, Seattle

Juliana Martinez, Universidad de Costa Rica

Alfred P. Montero, Carlton College

Alison Post, University of California, Berkeley

Gabriel Vommaro, Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento

Deborah Yashar, Princeton University

Gisela Zaremberg, Flacso México

Veronica Zubilaga, Universidad Simon Boliviar

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