Victoria Paniagua is a 2018-2019 Kellogg Institute Visiting Fellow whose research lies at the intersection of comparative and international political economy. Her research investigates the historical and contemporary drivers of development and redistribution in developing countries with a regional focus on Latin America. In her book project she studies the historical roots of economic elites’ capacity to shape policies with high impact on development and redistribution. Against existing theories that largely assume that economic elites identify with a single economic activity, she proposes that the diversification structure of elites’ asset portfolio explains their policy preferences and political involvement. Her study compares Argentina and Chile from their early stages of modernization (circa 1850s) until the late 20th century, and draws on over a century of original archival data on elites' personal networks and asset ownership, transcripts from parliamentary sessions, and roll-call data. Paniagua holds a PhD in Political Science from Duke University. Starting on Fall 2019, she will be a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.
Development, redistribution, and business-state relations in Latin America
Elites, Portfolio Diversification, and the Politics of Development and Redistribution