LAC alumna and DPIR DPhil graduate, Maryhen Jiménez Morales, has been recognised by the Political Studies Association (PSA) for the outstanding quality of her doctoral research: she has won the Lord Bryce Award for best dissertation in comparative politics. Her dissertation studies uneven patterns of opposition coordination in autocracies, using empirical evidence from Latin America, especially Mexico and Venezuela. She has found that what shapes opponents’ incentives to coordinate is the amount of repression they face and how repression applied is (targeted or indiscriminate). Dr Jiménez argues that opposition coordination and repression have a curvilinear relationship, whereby coordination is only possible under two conditions: When repression is both intermediate and indiscriminate. In contrast, when repression is either low/high and/or targeted towards specific parties, coordination is less likely to occur. Dr Jiménez Morales is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the LAC.
The LAC congratulates Maryhen on her achievement!