My dissertation:

 

I was awarded the Tom L. Popejoy Award for the best dissertation

in the Social Sciences between 2001 and 2003 at the

University of New Mexico

ECONOMIC VOTING IN VOLATILE CONTEXTS:

NATIONAL AND SUBNATIONAL POLITICS IN LATIN AMERICA

by

François Gélineau

 

B.A. Honours, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, McGill University, 1996

Ph.D., Department of Political Science, University of New Mexico, 2002

 ABSTRACT

The dissertation explores the broader comparative relevance of the literature on economic voting by moving outside of the North Atlantic basin to focus upon newer democracies and less stable economic contexts. Drawing upon both individual and aggregate level data, the dissertation explores hypotheses about economic voting in three major countries of Latin America at the national and sub-national levels of government. The central working hypothesis is that voters in Latin America are sensitive to macroeconomic fluctuations and punish or reward governments accordingly, but that the propensity toward economic voting varies with macroeconomic context and political conditions. The several components of the dissertation are designed to contribute to theoretical work on economic voting, enhance our understanding of the functioning of democracy at both the national and sub-national level in contemporary Latin America, and establish a stronger theoretical basis for understanding the ways in which variations in the macroeconomic and political contexts condition support for incumbent governments.

 

 

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