Scott Mainwaring is the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor of Brazil Studies at Harvard Kennedy School and faculty co-chair of the Harvard Brazil Studies Program. Previously, he taught at the University of Notre Dame. A Kellogg faculty fellow for the entirety of his 33 years with the university, Mainwaring served as director of the Kellogg Institute for thirteen years between 1997 and 2012.
His research interests include political parties and party systems, democratic and authoritarian regimes, democratization, and political institutions in Latin American. His most recent book Democracies and Dictatorships in Latin America: Emergence, Survival, and Fall (with 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. His edited book, Party Systems in Latin America: Institutionalization, Decay, and Collapse (Cambridge University Press), is forthcoming.
Mainwaring was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2010.
He began serving on Kellogg's Advisory Board in 2017.
Democratic institutions and democratization; political parties; the Catholic Church in Latin America
Kellogg Book Series
"Grassroots Catholic Groups and Politics in Brazil, 1964-1985"
Working Paper Number: 098
Published: August 1987
"Transitions to Democracy: Brazil and Argentina in the 1980s"
Working Paper Number: 021
Published: July 1984
Level of Development and Democracy: Latin American Exceptionalism, 1945-1996
Working Paper Number: 301
Published: December 2003
"Federalism, Constraints on the Central Government, and Economic Reform in Democratic Brazil"
Working Paper Number: 271
Published: November 1999
"New Social Movements, Political Culture, and Democracy: Brazil and Argentina"
Working Paper Number: 033
Published: December 1984
"Political Parties and Democratization in the Southern Cone-A Review Essay"
Working Paper Number: 107
Published: May 1988
"Conservative Parties, Democracy, and Economic Reform in Contemporary Brazil"
Working Paper Number: 264
Published: March 1999
"Transitions from Above: Democratization in Brazil and Spain"
Working Paper Number: 032
Published: December 1984
"Classifying Political Regimes in Latin America, 1945-1999"
Working Paper Number: 280
Published: September 2000
"Rethinking Party Systems Theory in the Third Wave of Democratization: The Importance of Party System Institutionalization"
Working Paper Number: 260
Published: October 1998
"Grass Roots Popular Movements and the Struggle for Democracy: Nova Iguaçu, 1974-1985"
Working Paper Number: 052
Published: December 1985
"The Political Recrafting of Social Bases of Party Competition: Chile in the 1990s"
Working Paper Number: 278
Published: September 2000
Party System Institutionalization and Party System Theory After the Third Wave of Democratization
Working Paper Number: 319
Published: April 2005
"Brazilian Party Underdevelopment in Comparative Perspective"
Working Paper Number: 134
Published: January 1990
Why Regions of the World are Important: Regional Specificities and Region-Wide Diffusion of Democracy
Working Paper Number: 322
Published: October 2005
"The Consolidation of Democracy in Latin America-A Rapporteur's Report"
Working Paper Number: 073
Published: July 1986
"Transitions to Democracy and Democratic Consolidation: Theoretical and Comparative Issues"
Working Paper Number: 130
Published: November 1989
"Grassroots Popular Movements, Identity, and Democratization in Brazil"
Working Paper Number: 084
Published: October 1986
"Presidentialism, Multiparty Systems, and Democracy: The Difficult Equation"
Working Paper Number: 144
Published: September 1990
Regime Legacies and Democratization: Explaining Variance in the Level of Democracy in Latin America, 1978—2004
Working Paper Number: 354
Published: December 2008
"Politicians, Parties and Electoral Systems: Brazil in Comparative Perspective"
Working Paper Number: 141
Published: June 1990
Democracy in Brazil and the Southern Cone: Achievements and Problems
Working Paper Number: 000PLA2K02
Published: January 1994
"Democracy in Brazil: Origins, Problems, Prospects"
Working Paper Number: 100
Published: September 1987
"Dilemmas of Multiparty Presidential Democracy: The Case of Brazil"
Working Paper Number: 174
Published: May 1992
"The Catholic Youth Workers Movement (JOC) and the Emergence of the Popular Church in Brazil"
Working Paper Number: 006
Published: December 1983
The Nationalization of Parties and Party Systems: An Empirical Measure and an Application to the Americas
Working Paper Number: 304
Published: February 2003
"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
- 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
New Mainwaring Book a Who's Who of Kellogg Scholars
Mar 9, 2018
Scott Mainwaring, former director of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, looks at party systems through the lens of the Latin American experience in a new book, which includes contributions from a number of Kellogg-affiliated scholars.
Three New Titles by Kellogg Institute Former Visiting Fellows
Feb 15, 2018
Three former Kellogg Institute visiting fellows have recently published books on topics that include political and ideological polarization, the design of justice institutions in Latin America, and the demise of liberal democracies around the world.