Latin American Politics

Standing Group

Established 2009

Number of members: 105


  • David Doyle (University of Oxford)
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In recent years Latin American scholarly literature has produced major theoretical and methodological innovations in numerous sub-literatures of comparative politics (such as presidentialism, legislatures, government coalitions, indigenous politics, elections, sub-national politics and comparative political economy). The Standing Group on Latin American Politics encourages scholars to engage themselves with this trend, both through Sections at the General Conference and summer schools on Latin American Politics.

Aims & Objectives

The main objectives of the Standing Group are to develop and support a network of social scientists working on the politics of Latin America within the ECPR, to disseminate information about events, publications and other developments in the field, and to improve the academic offer on Latin American Politics to European postgraduate students of political science.

In general terms, the Standing Group aims to work as a bridge between European institutions and the abundant and exciting new political science research being produced on Latin America.


The first Summer School on Latin American Politics took place in July 2011 at the University of Salamanca. It consisted of six lectures and two conferences on the topic of political institutions, and also included afternoon seminars to discuss the papers presented by the participants. The lectures were given by scholars from European (Oxford, Hamburg, Salamanca) and US (Notre Dame, Houston, Pittsburgh, Southern California) institutions.  Participants included a total of 17 PhD students from Salamanca, Leiden, Prague, Paris, Toulouse, British Columbia, Dublin, Nottingham, Sao Paulo, among others. Besides the academic achievements, the Summer School set the basis for an incipient network of young scholars and increased the interest in our Standing Group, which now includes some 70 affiliations.

The second Summer School on Latin American Politics took place in July 2012 at the Institute of Social Sciences (ICS) at the University of Lisbon in Portugal, and was devoted to the International Politics of Latin America. It enrolled as professors Andrea Oelsner (University of Aberdeen), Andrea Ribeiro-Hoffmann (University of Erfurt), Andrés Malamud (University of Lisbon), Bert Hoffmann (GIGA, Hamburg), Detlef Nolte (GIGA, Hamburg), José Antonio Sanahuja (Complutense University of Madrid), Laurence Whitehead (University of Oxford) and Olivier Dabène (Sciences Po, Paris). Around 20 graduate students from all over Europe (plus Argentina, Brazil and Australia) attended the lectures and discussed their research projects with the instructors.

The third Summer School on Latin American Politics will be held in Hamburg in 2013 at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) and will tackle issues of international politics and the outcomes of democratic regimes.

"Nothing in politics is ever as good or bad as it first appears" - Edward Boyle

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