Tuesday Seminar on Latin American Studies (Zoom)


Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 12:00pm to 2:00pm


Online Only

"Technocracy vs Politics"

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Miguel Angel Centeno, Professor of Sociology; Vice-Dean, School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University.

Eduardo Dargent, Associate Professor, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru.

Matthew Rhodes-Purdy, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Clemson University.

Katherine Bersch, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Davidson College.


Steven LevitskyFaculty Associate; Harvard Academy Senior Scholar. Director, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies; David Rockefeller Professor of Latin American Studies, Department of Government, Harvard University.


Paola Ibarra

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Technocrats dominated policymaking across Latin America in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Now, in much of the region, including its largest democracies, voters and politicians on both the left and the right have challenged the role of technocrats in democratic governments. What explains technocrats’ declining legitimacy in many Latin American democracies? How have technocrats changed their approach to governance in the face of these challenges?