DPI-460: Latin American Politics and Policymaking

Semester: Spring

Credit: 4.0

Syllabus: Click here for syllabus

Faculty: Candelaria Garay


Day Time Location
Term Start Date 1/22
Meet Day M/W 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM Littauer Bldg 332 (HKS)


This course focuses on the politics of policymaking in contemporary Latin America. It explores the literature on Latin America politics in an effort to understand how political dynamics (e.g., democratization), institutions (e.g., federalism), and different actors (e.g., social movements, international organizations) affect the making of public policy, especially of economic and social policies. Students will gain empirical knowledge on the region, as well as analytical and practical understanding of political aspects involved in policy design and implementation. The empirical focus will be primarily on South America and Mexico since the adoption of democratic regimes and economic liberalization in the 1980s and 1990s.

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