Fabrice Lehoucq (PhD, Duke University) returns to the Kellogg Institute, where he was a 1992 visiting fellow, as associate professor of political science at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. His research investigates the origins and breakdown of political systems, electoral fraud and reform, the operation of democratic institutions, and political economy.
This spring he is exploring the relationship between development and democracy in a new book project, “Political Competition and Regime Development in Latin America.” Using both qualitative interpretation of political events and a new database of more than 100 years of political and economic developments in Latin America, he emphasizes the role of political calculations in democratic consolidation, arguing that democracies tend to take root during ongoing political stalemates.
The author of four previous books, Lehoucq recently published The Politics of Modern Central America: Civil War, Democratization, and Underdevelopment(Cambridge University Press, 2012). He has also written numerous book chapters and articles in journals such as Comparative Politics, World Development, and the Journal of Democracy.
Previously a research professor at CIDE in Mexico City, Lehoucq has also consulted for the Bertelsmann Transformation Index, the Carter Center, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the World Bank, among others.