Mainwaring is the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor of Brazil Studies at Harvard University’s Kennedy School and faculty co-chair of the Harvard Brazil Studies Program. He previously taught at the University of Notre Dame and was a Kellogg Institute Faculty Fellow for the entirety of his 33 years with the university. He served as the Institute’s director for 13 years and has served as an Advisory Board member for the Institute since 2017. He will return to Notre Dame as a faculty member in the fall of 2019.
Mainwaring's research interests include political parties and party systems, democratic and authoritarian regimes, democratization, and political institutions in Latin America. His most recent edited book, Party Systems in Latin America: Institutionalization, Decay, and Collapse (Cambridge University Press, 2018) grew out of a 2014 conference he hosted at the Kellogg Institute, with most of its 19 contributors having scholarly connections to Kellogg. His book Democracies and Dictatorships in Latin America: Emergence, Survival, and Fall, co-authored Aníbal Pérez-Liñán (Cambridge University Press, 2013), won best book awards from the Comparative Democratization section of the American Political Science Association and the Political Institutions section of the Latin American Studies Association.
Mainwaring was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2010 and has served on the Kellogg Institute Advisory Board since 2017.
Democratic institutions and democratization; political parties; the Catholic Church in Latin America
Kellogg Book Series
"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
"The Catholic Youth Workers Movement (JOC) and the Emergence of the Popular Church in Brazil"
Working Paper Number: 006
Published: December 1983
"Brazilian Party Underdevelopment in Comparative Perspective"
Working Paper Number: 134
Published: January 1990
- 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
Thirty Years of Democracy in Brazil: A Research Workshop
Life After Dictatorship: Authoritarian Successor Parties Worldwide Conference
Former Doctoral Student Publishes Book Using V-Dem Data
Jan 27, 2019
Former PhD Fellow and Dissertation Year Fellow Carlos Gervasoni pushlished a new book Hybrid Regimes within Democracies using data from the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) project at the Kellogg Institute.
‘Being True to Our Roots’: The Kellogg Institute Welcomes New Latin Americanists
Dec 12, 2018
Six Latin American specialists have joined the Kellogg Institute’s faculty, deepening its historic expertise on the region. A seventh will return to the Institute next fall.
Doctoral Student Affiliate and Former Institute Director Publish in Democratization
Oct 24, 2018
Doctoral Student Affiliate Luis Schenoni (political science) and Former Kellogg Institute Director Scott Mainwaring published a new article in Democratization about US support for democratization.