Scott Mainwaring is the Eugene P. and Helen Conley Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. He is also a faculty fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, where he previously served as director for 13 years and is a current Advisory Board member.
In the fall of 2019, Mainwaring returned to Notre Dame from Harvard University, where he served as the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor of Brazil Studies at the Kennedy School and was faculty co-chair of the Brazil Studies Program from 2016 to 2019.
His research interests include political parties and party systems, democratic and authoritarian regimes, democratization, and political institutions in Latin America.
He is the editor of Party Systems in Latin America: Institutionalization, Decay, and Collapse (Cambridge University Press, 2018) and co-author, with Aníbal Pérez-Liñán, of the award-winning Democracies and Dictatorships in Latin America: Emergence, Survival, and Fall (Cambridge University Press, 2013).
Mainwaring is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He earned a PhD from Stanford University.
Democratic institutions and democratization; political parties; the Catholic Church in Latin America
Kellogg Book Series
Mainwaring, Scott and Yen-Pin Su. "Electoral Volatility in Latin America, 1932–2018." Studies in Comparative International Development 56 (July 2021): 271–296.
"Brazilian Party Underdevelopment in Comparative Perspective"
Working Paper Number: 134
Published: January 1990
"The New Catholic Church in Latin America-A Conference Report"
Working Paper Number: 008
Published: December 1983
"Transitions to Democracy and Democratic Consolidation: Theoretical and Comparative Issues"
Working Paper Number: 130
Published: November 1989
"Transitions to Democracy: Brazil and Argentina in the 1980s"
Working Paper Number: 021
Published: July 1984
"Presidentialism, Multiparty Systems, and Democracy: The Difficult Equation"
Working Paper Number: 144
Published: September 1990
"New Social Movements, Political Culture, and Democracy: Brazil and Argentina"
Working Paper Number: 033
Published: December 1984
"Transitions from Above: Democratization in Brazil and Spain"
Working Paper Number: 032
Published: December 1984
"Politicians, Parties and Electoral Systems: Brazil in Comparative Perspective"
Working Paper Number: 141
Published: June 1990
"Grass Roots Popular Movements and the Struggle for Democracy: Nova Iguaçu, 1974-1985"
Working Paper Number: 052
Published: December 1985
"Dilemmas of Multiparty Presidential Democracy: The Case of Brazil"
Working Paper Number: 174
Published: May 1992
"Juan Linz, Presidentialism, and Democracy: A Critical Appraisal"
Working Paper Number: 200
Published: July 1993
"Party Discipline in the Brazilian Constitutional Congress"
Working Paper Number: 235
Published: March 1997
"The Consolidation of Democracy in Latin America-A Rapporteur's Report"
Working Paper Number: 073
Published: July 1986
"Grassroots Popular Movements, Identity, and Democratization in Brazil"
Working Paper Number: 084
Published: October 1986
"Federalism, Constraints on the Central Government, and Economic Reform in Democratic Brazil"
Working Paper Number: 271
Published: November 1999
"Conservative Parties, Democracy, and Economic Reform in Contemporary Brazil"
Working Paper Number: 264
Published: March 1999
"Democracy in Brazil: Origins, Problems, Prospects"
Working Paper Number: 100
Published: September 1987
"Rethinking Party Systems Theory in the Third Wave of Democratization: The Importance of Party System Institutionalization"
Working Paper Number: 260
Published: October 1998
The Nationalization of Parties and Party Systems: An Empirical Measure and an Application to the Americas
Working Paper Number: 304
Published: February 2003
Party System Institutionalization and Party System Theory After the Third Wave of Democratization
Working Paper Number: 319
Published: April 2005
"Grassroots Catholic Groups and Politics in Brazil, 1964-1985"
Working Paper Number: 098
Published: August 1987
Why Regions of the World are Important: Regional Specificities and Region-Wide Diffusion of Democracy
Working Paper Number: 322
Published: October 2005
Level of Development and Democracy: Latin American Exceptionalism, 1945-1996
Working Paper Number: 301
Published: December 2003
"Political Parties and Democratization in the Southern Cone-A Review Essay"
Working Paper Number: 107
Published: May 1988
Regime Legacies and Democratization: Explaining Variance in the Level of Democracy in Latin America, 1978—2004
Working Paper Number: 354
Published: December 2008
"Classifying Political Regimes in Latin America, 1945-1999"
Working Paper Number: 280
Published: September 2000
Democracy in Brazil and the Southern Cone: Achievements and Problems
Working Paper Number: 000PLA2K02
Published: January 1994
"The Political Recrafting of Social Bases of Party Competition: Chile in the 1990s"
Working Paper Number: 278
Published: September 2000
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
Kellogg Faculty Fellows Among Experts Warning of Threat to US Democracy
Jun 8, 2021
Three faculty fellows at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies are among more than 100 scholars who signed a strongly-worded statement of concern that warns of the breakdown of American democracy and the deterioration of the elections system.
Mainwaring Discusses Polarization in the United States
Jan 19, 2021
Faculty Fellow Scott Mainwaring (political science) was interviewed by the Mexican news channel, Milenio.