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Scott P. MainwaringScott P. Mainwaring

Eugene P. and Helen Conley Professor of Political Science
(PhD, Stanford University, 1983)
204 Hesburgh Center
Notre Dame, IN 46556-5677

Geographic focus: Latin America (Brazil, Southern Cone, Andean region)

Thematic interests: Democratic institutions and democratization; political parties; the Catholic Church in Latin America.

Selected publications:

  • “From Representative Democracy to Participatory Competitive Authoritarianism: Hugo Chávez and Venezuelan Politics,” Perspectives on Politics 10, 4 (2012)

  • “Introduction: Alfred Stepan and the Study of Democratic Regimes,” in Douglas Chalmers and Scott Mainwaring, eds., Problems Confronting Contemporary Democracies: Essays in Honor of Alfred Stepan (University of Notre Dame Press, 2012)

  • Coeditor, Democratic Governance in Latin America (2010)

  • Coeditor, The Crisis of Democratic Representation in the Andes (2006)

  • Coeditor, The Third Wave of Democratization in Latin America: Advances and Setbacks (2005)

  • Coeditor, Christian Democracy in Latin America: Electoral Conflict and Regime Change (2003)

  • Rethinking Party Systems in the Third Wave of Democratization: The Case of Brazil (1999)

  • Coeditor, Presidentialism and Democracy in Latin America (1997)

  • Coeditor, Building Democratic Institutions: Party Systems in Latin America (1995)

  • The Catholic Church and Politics in Brazil, 1916–1985 (1986)

  • Articles in Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, British Journal of Political Science, and many other journals

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  • Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2010

  • James C. Burns, CSC Graduate School Award, given annually to a Notre Dame faculty member for distinguished teaching of graduate students, 2005




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Latin American/North America Church Concerns

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Latin American Studies Minor

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