Scott Mainwaring

Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor for Brazil Studies
Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
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Phone: 617-496-4196
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Email: Scott_Mainwaring@hks.harvard.edu
Assistant
Juanne Zhao (617-495-2430)
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Scott Mainwaring is the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor of Brazil Studies and the Faculty Co-chair of the Harvard Brazil Studies Program. He joined the faculty of the Harvard Kennedy School in 2016 after teaching at the University of Notre Dame for 33 years. At Notre Dame, he won university wide prizes for research and for graduate student teaching, as well as a prize for mentoring undergraduate research. He served as director of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies for 13 years and as Chair and Director of Graduate Studies of the Political Science Department.

 

His research interests include democratic institutions and democratization; authoritarian and democratic regimes; political parties and party systems; and the Catholic Church in Latin America. His book with Aníbal Pérez-Liñán on The Rise and Fall of Democracies and Dictatorships: Latin America since 1900 (Cambridge University Press, 2013) won prizes for the best book awarded by the Comparative Democratization section of the American Political Science Association and the Political Institutions section of the Latin American Studies Association. His edited book, Party Systems in Latin America: Institutionalization, Decay, and Collapse, is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press.

 

He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2010. 

Courses

Fall

  • DPI-405 Building Better Democracies

Spring

  • DPI-337 Party System Institutionalization, Decay, and Collapse

Research

For a complete list of faculty citations from 2001 - present, please visit the HKS Faculty Research Connection.

Selected Publication Citations:

  • Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
    • Mainwaring, Scott. "Party System Institutionalization, Party Collapse, and Party Building." Government and Opposition 51 No. 4 (2016): 691-716.
    • Mainwaring, Scott, with Carlos Gervasoni and Annabella España Najera. "Extra- and Within-System Electoral Volatility." Party Politics (January 2016).
    • Mainwaring, Scott. "Cross-Currents in Latin America." The Journal of Democracy 26.1 (January 2015): 114-127.
    • Mainwaring, Scott, and Aníbal Pérez-Liñán. "Regime Legacies and Levels of Democracy: Evidence from Latin America." Comparative Politics 45 (July 2013): 379-397.
    • Mainwaring, Scott, and Aníbal Pérez-Liñán. "Democratic Breakdown and Survival." The Journal of Democracy 24.2 (April 2013): 123-137.
  • Book Chapters
    • Mainwaring, Scott. "“The Left and the Mobilization of Class Voting in Latin America.” In Ryan Carlin, Matthew Singer, and Elizabeth Zechmeister, eds., The Latin American Voter: Pursuing Representation and Accountability in Challenging Contexts,pp. 69-98. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. 2015 ( With Mariano Torcal and Nicolás Somma.
    • Mainwaring, Scott. "Party System Institutionalization: Reflections Based on the Asian Cases." Party System Institutionalization in Asia: Democracies, Autocracies, and the Shadows of the Past. Cambridge University Press, 2015, pp. 328-347.
    • Mainwaring, Scott. "Introduction: Guillermo O’Donnell and the Study of Politics." Reflections on Uneven Democracies: The Legacy of Guillermo O’Donnell. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014, pp. 1-18.
    • Mainwaring, Scott, and Aníbal Pérez-Liñán. "Democratic Breakdown and Survival in Latin America, 1945-2005." Reflections on Uneven Democracies: The Legacy of Guillermo O’Donnell. Ed. Brinks, Daniel, Marcelo Leiras, and Scott Mainwaring. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014.
    • Mainwaring, Scott. "Studying Big Political Issues." Reflections on Uneven Democracies: The Legacy of Guillermo O’Donnell. Ed. Brinks, Daniel, Marcelo Leiras, and Scott Mainwaring. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014.
  • Books
    • Mainwaring, Scott. Democracies and Dictatorship in Latin America: Emergence, Survival, and Fall. Cambridge University Press, 2013.

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