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Political Competition and Social Spending in Brazil

October 6th, 2011
5:00 PM

Greenleaf Conference Room, 100a Jones Hall

A Lecture Featuring David Brown

Political Competition & Social Spending in Brazil: a Municipal Level Analysis

How does political competition in local elections affect social spending? Electoral theories of democracy claim elections are one of the main mechanisms to insure government accountability to citizens. But what happens when municipalities vary in resources? What is the relationship between the degree of political competition and the amounts allocated for social spending? Do municipalities with more competitive elections have higher social spending?

Professor David Brown examines these questions by analyzing data on local elections, socio-economic factors, and budgets from more than 5,000 municipalities in Brazil for the years 1996, 2000 and 2004. Such data leads him to the surprising discovery that municipalities with more competitive elections invest less on social spending than municipalities with little political competition. Why is this so? And what role do financial resources play in shaping the dynamics of social spending and political competition?


David Brown is currently the Director of the Center to Advance Research and Teaching in the Social Sciences, associate professor in Political Science and research associate at the Institute for Behavioral Science, all at the University of Colorado. His primary research and teaching interests are in comparative politics, economic development, and Latin American Politics. His previous work, for which he received a grant from the National Science Foundation, involved NGOs and their impact on politics in the Brazilian Amazon. He is currently working on projects related to the Landless Movement (MST) in Brazil, the impact of Wal-Mart on communities in the U.S., and the study of trust and cooperation through the use of online role playing.

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Ecuadorian writer and Tulane Visiting Scholar Gabriela Alemán interviews Venezuelan writer Alberto Barrera Tyszka about his life, interests, and influences. Their discussion will be followed by an open Q&A and an informal reception. This event will be held in Spanish.

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This series brings together Latin America’s most representative creative voices and the editorial entrepreneurs that publish them. By way of interviews conducted by renowned Ecuadorian writer Gabriela Alemán and presentations of various editorial missions, the guests will shed light on a literary world shaped by the contemporary issues of the continent. Moving forward, their conversations will comprise the centerpiece of a digital archive that introduces their ideas to a global audience.

Este serie reúne a los autores más representativos de la escritura continental y los editores que los publican. A través de entrevistas con la reconocida escritora ecuatoriana Gabriela Alemán y presentaciones de proyectos editoriales, los invitados explorarán los vínculos entre el mundo literario y la realidad continental. Sus conversaciones se convertirán después en el eje de un archivo digital que busca llevar estas ideas a un público global.

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Born in Caracas, Alberto Barrera Tyszka has published over a dozen works of poetry, short story, chronicle, novel, and biography. His most recent publications include the novels Patria o Muerte (2015) and Rating (2011), the poetic anthology La inquietud (2013), the collection of chronicles Un país a la semana (2013), and the short story collection Crímenes (2009). In 2005, he collaborated with Cristina Marcano to write the definitive biography of Hugo Chávez, Hugo Chávez sin uniforme: una historia personal (2005). Patria o muerte won the 2015 Premio Tusquets de Novela, and his novel La enfermedad, translated into English as The Sickness (2010), received the 2006 Herralde Award. Barrera also writes for television and has scripted soap operas for Venezuelan, Mexican, Colombian, and Argentinian networks.