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Tulane University

Professionalizing Politics in Latin America: Reflections on the Relationship between Politicians and Politics

November 2nd, 2010
6:00 PM

100 Jones Hall
Greenleaf Conference Room
Tulane University

A Discussion with Professor Manuel Alcántara, Distinguished Richard E. Greenleaf Visiting Professor of Latin American Studies

Discussants: Martín Mendoza-Botelho, Department of Political Science
Annabella España-Nájera, Stone Center for Latin American Studies

Light refreshment will be served

Most Latin American citizens are dissatisfied with political parties, however, parties still monopolize political power in practically all the countries in this region. Evidently, the implication for democracy in this region are enormous. Professor Alcántara will present some of the results of his ongoing research on the professionalization of politics in Latin America and how this idea contrasts the notion of political opportunism and corruption and the “traditional” way of doing politics in this region.

Professor Manuel Alcántara is the Distinguished Richard E. Greenleaf Visiting Professor of Latin American Studies and Professor of Latin American Politics and Vice Chancellor of International Relations at the University of Salamanca in Spain. Professor Alcántara holds a PhD in Political Science from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid and has taught at Spain’s top universities, Georgetown and many academic centers throughout Latin America. Some of his recent publications include Politicians and Politics in Latin America (2008) Governance, Crisis and Change (2004); Institutions or Ideological Machines? Origins, Programs and Organization of Latin American Political Parties (2004), and Latin American Political Systems (2004).

For further information please contact Martín Mendoza-Botelho by phone – (504)862-8316 – or by email –

This event is Sponsored by the Department of Political Sciences, the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, the Center for Inter-American Policy Research (CIPR) and the Latin American Graduate Student Organization (LAGO) at Tulane.

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