Tuesday Seminar on Latin American Studies


Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 12:00pm to 2:00pm


CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Room S250

"Democratic Deepening and Political Parties: The National Implementation of Binding Participatory Institutions"


Jared Abbott, PhD Candidate, Department of Government, Harvard University.


Fernando Bizzarro, PhD Student, Department of Government; Graduate Student Associate, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University.


Jillian Scales


Why are local-level participatory institutions implemented nationally in some countries but only adopted on paper in others? Through detailed case studies of Venezuela and Ecuador, I show that this occurs when 1) the incumbent part is under pressure from below to implement BPIs, and 2), the party’s political opponents are not capable of taking advantage of BPIs for their own electoral gain. Under these conditions, parties will place a lower value on the costs of BPI implementation than on electoral benefits they offer.

The Tuesday Seminar Series is a bring your own brown bag lunch series. Please feel free to enjoy your lunch at the lecture, drinks will be provided.