Latin American Centre Seminars: Do our Adversaries Play by the Rules? Distrust and Democracy in Latin America

Tuesday, 21 November, 2017 -
17:00 to 18:30
LAC Seminar Room, 1 Church Walk, Oxford

The common definition of “democratic consolidation” as a situation in which democracy has turned into “the only game in town” (Linz and Stepan 1996) describes a “self-reinforcing equilibrium” in which “all politically relevant” actors play by basic democratic rules.

Speaker(s): 
Andreas Schedler, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE)

Latin American Centre Seminars: Business-State Relations in Brazil: the Challenges of Institutional Modernisation

Tuesday, 14 November, 2017 -
17:00 to 18:30
LAC Seminar Room, 1 Church Walk, Oxford

The main argument presented is that institutional modernisation is a slow and incremental process in Brazil. It draws on research recently published in Business-State Relations in Brazil: Challenges of the Port Reform Lobby (Routledge, New York, 2017).

Speaker(s): 
Mahrukh Doctor, University of Hull

Special Event - Astor Lecture: Is There a Global History of Humanitarianism?

Tuesday, 31 October, 2017 -
17:00 to 18:30
Nissan Institute Lecture Theatre, St Antony's College

“What motivates sympathy for people in distress in far-away places?  Is the rise of humanitarianism recent or ancient?  This lecture will explore the ways that global integration since the nineteenth century produced economic and affective ties between distant places and peoples; there has been a

Speaker(s): 
Jeremy Adelman, Princeton University

Latin American Centre Seminars: Natural History Values and Meanings in Nineteenth-Century Chile

Tuesday, 24 October, 2017 -
17:00 to 18:30
LAC Seminar Room, 1 Church Walk, Oxford

Nineteenth-century natural history flourished in Chile thanks to a collaboration between foreign immigrants and Chileans, in a context of Chilean state support for natural history institutions and training, but also in a context in which the natural sciences, and natural history specifically, cam

Speaker(s): 
Patience Schell, University of Aberdeen

Latin American Centre Seminars: The Competency Signal in Comparative Perspective

Tuesday, 17 October, 2017 -
17:00 to 18:30
LAC Seminar Room, 1 Church Walk, Oxford

This paper revisits theoretical models of economic voting to demonstrate that in countries where international shocks are substantially large, the economic vote is a poor instrument of democratic accountability, ultimately no better than the flip of a coin as a mechanism to select the best incumb

Speaker(s): 
Daniela Campello, Getulio Vargas Foundation and CAF Fellow,
Cesar Zucco, Getulio Vargas Foundation

Latin American Centre Seminars: Coalitions and Compliance: The Political Economy of Pharmaceutical Patents in Latin America

Tuesday, 10 October, 2017 -
17:00 to 18:30
LAC Seminar Room, 1 Church Walk, Oxford

International changes can reconfigure domestic politics. Since the late 1980s, developing countries have been subject to intense pressures regarding intellectual property rights. These pressures have been exceptionally controversial in the area of pharmaceuticals.

Speaker(s): 
Ken Shadlen, London School of Economics

José Antonio Alonso

José Antonio Alonso is Professor of Applied Economics at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He was Adjunct Professor at the Columbia University (SIPA), General Director of Economic Cooperation at the Instituto de Cooperación Iberoamericana, vice-chancellor at Universidad Internacional Menendez Pelayo and director of the Instituto Complutense de Estudios Internacionales (ICEI). He is member of the Committee for Development Policy (ECOSOC, UN), and the Consejo de Cooperación para el Desarrollo (Spain). His main research areas focus on growth and development, international economic relations and foreign aid policies, with several articles published in academic and specialized journals such as Applied Economics, Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, European Journal of Development Research, Journal of Development Studies, Journal of International Development, Revista de Economía Aplicada, Principios. Estudios de Economía Política, International Journal of Development Planning Literature or CEPAL Review. His most recent books are: (with J.A. Ocampo), Development Cooperation in Times of Crisis, Columbia University Press, 2012; Alternative Development Strategies for the Post 2015 Era (with G.A. Cornia and R. Vos), Bloomsbury Academic, 2013; Global  Governance and Rules for the Post-2015 Era (with J.A. Ocampo), Bloomsbury Academic, 2015; and ¿Es util la ayuda al desarrollo?, RBA Editores, 2017.

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