Guillermo O'Donnell and the Study of Democracy
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Monday, March 26
Tuesday, March 27
Fundación OSDE Auditorium
The Kellogg Institute for International Studies celebrated the immense, forward-looking legacy of its founding academic director, the eminent political scientist Guillermo O’Donnell (1936–2011), with an academic conference focusing on his many contributions to democratization studies and his active engagement in the real world of politics in Latin America.
Convened in O’Donnell’s hometown of Buenos Aires in collaboration with institutional partners in Argentina and the US, the conference brought together many of the most distinguished scholars in Latin American politics and democratization studies. Speakers focused on five themes of study in which O'Donnell made pivotal intellectual contributions and offer reflections on his approach to studying politics.
New Takes on Modernization, Authoritarianism, and Democracy
New Takes on the Political Economy of Authoritarianism and Democratization
Institutions and Democratic Citizenship
Quality of Democracy
O’Donnell was deeply committed to improving the workings of democracy, the lives of citizens, and the relationship between citizens and their government. Conference participants honored this normative focus by connecting problems of contemporary relevance to O’Donnell’s seminal work.
An edited volume of articles drawn from the conference is planned.
Conference Organizers: Scott Mainwaring (University of Notre Dame), Marcelo Leiras (Universidad de San Andrés, Buenos Aires), and Daniel Brinks (University of Texas, Austin)
With generous financial support from the Ford Foundation, Santiago Office, and the Fundación OSDE
March 27, 2012 6:30pm
Following the conference, a memorial tribute and celebratory reception honored Guillermo O’Donnell’s life and work. It also marked the 30th anniversary of Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute of International Studies, which he was instrumental in establishing and which carries on his legacy in its research and teaching.
Among those attending were many of the most significant figures in the study and practice of democracy and human development in the region, Notre Dame alumni, and friends of Guillermo O’Donnell and the Kellogg Institute from near and far.
Cosponsors: Universidad de San Andrés, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Asociación Nacional de Politólogos (ANAP), Sociedad Argentina de Análisis Político (SAAP), the Latin American Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC, and the United Nations Development Programme
Additional Events Cosponsored by the Kellogg Institute
Estado, democracia y ciudadanía. Homenaje a Guillermo O'Donnell
March 27, 2012 2:00pm
Universidad de Buenos Aires