What is Wrong with Mexico's Democracy?

Feb 21 2014 4:30 pm
Library Athenaeum, Carleton College

Speaker Claudio Holzner (Carleton ‘90), Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Utah will speak at the Gary Wynia Memorial Lecture on Latin American Political Economy:

Since 2000, the year the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) lost its seventy-year grip on the presidency, Mexico has embraced a greater degree of political competitiveness and democracy. Yet serious questions remain concerning the extent to which the entire polity is included sufficiently in Mexican democracy. Prof. Holzner will chronicle the extent of ongoing vote-buying, corruption, and weak electoral and judicial institutions in the governance of Mexican democracy.

Claudio A. Holzner, PhD (University of Michigan; Carleton '90) is an Associate Professor of Political Science and the Associate Director of the Latin American Studies Program at the University of Utah. He is the author of the book Poverty of Democracy: the Institutional Roots of Political Participation in Mexico (Pittsburgh University Press, 2010) and has written extensively on issues related to democratization and political participation in Latin America. His recent research has also examined the civic and political engagement of Latin American immigrants living in the United States. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation.

Reception to follow. Sponsored by the Carleton College Department of Political Science and Latin American Studies.