DPhil Politics Research in Progress seminar
This series is an opportunity for DPIR DPhils to present their work in progress and gather feedback.

Our first presenter this term is Javier Pérez Sandoval. Javier defended his dissertation in Michaelmas and is currently on the job market. His talk is titled “The Origins of Subnational Democracy.”

The project tackles the following question: What explains subnational democratic variation across Latin America? In other words, why is it that some provinces within countries are more democratic than others? I contend that economic development is at the core of the puzzle. More specifically, building on the work of Mahoney (2010) and Collier and Collier (1991), I articulate a two-step argument contending that, across the region, the subnational unevenness observed today was configured by territorially distinct development trajectories which were triggered during colonization and that, once set, conditioned the timing of local labour incorporation.

Date: 19 January 2022, 12:00 (Wednesday, 1st week, Hilary 2022)
Venue: Online via zoom
Speaker: Javier Pérez Sandoval (University of Oxford)
Organising department: Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR)
Organiser contact email address: nelson.ruiz@politics.ox.ac.uk
Hosts: Musashi Harukawa, Klaudia Wegschaider, Marta Antonetti, Nelson Ruiz (University of Oxford)
Booking required?: Not required
Audience: Members of the University only
Editor: Rebecca Freeman