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Red de Economía Política de América Latina
REPAL website

REPAL is a new network of researchers (institutionally affiliated with universities in Latin America, North America, and Europe) interested in promoting and giving greater visibility to new studies in the political economy of Latin America. In thematic terms, it is interested in analyzing the interaction among economic, political, and social processes. REPAL is particularly concerned with how the findings of such analyses further our understanding of development models, the socio-political institutions that sustain them, and the practical problems they face. In methodological terms, REPAL seeks to promote research that is empirically grounded and sensitive to context and that leads to new forms of description, concept formation, causal inference, and theoretical innovations that challenge the conventional wisdom on socially relevant phenomenon in the region. With respect to methods of research and analysis, REPAL’s approach is open and eclectic, based on a simple premise that the methods should be selected as a function of the problem to be studied rather than the reverse. Institutionally, REPAL is a network open to the research community and structured around the promotion of diverse, plural debate on the political economy of Latin America.

Sixth Annual Conference
to be held at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, May 13th and 14th, 2019
hosted by the Center for Inter-American and Policy Research. Local program committee: Eduardo Silva and Ludovico Feoli

REPAL steering committee: Ben Schneider (MIT), Chair, Juan Pablo Luna (PUC-Chile), Paula Munoz (Universidad del Pacífico, Lima), Vicky Murillo (Columbia University), Alison Post (Berkeley) Eduardo Silva (Tulane University), Kathryn Hochstetler (LSE)

Conference format: 30 minute individual sessions (12 minute presentations with 15 minutes of discussion) in three parallel tracks. Papers should be submitted two weeks before the conference at the latest and will be posted in a website accessible to conference participants. Participants are expected to read the papers in advance to enrich the discussion at the conference. Whereas the conference format provides for intense and fruitful exchange among participants, it also constraints the available number of slots for paper-givers. The selection process is therefore extremely competitive.

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Fifth Annual Conference
Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia, June 14th and 15th, 2018
Laura Wills Otero chaired the local organizing committee. It included the presentation of 45 papers and 3 book manuscripts.

Fourth Annual Conference
Universidad del Pacífico, Lima, Perú, April 27th and 28th, 2017
It included the presentation of 49 papers and 5 book manuscripts.

Third Annual Conference
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA, June 10th and 11th, 2016

For information on the Latin American Political Economy Scholarship Conference where Repal was initially discussed, click here.






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Speaker Series; Sept 20 at noon: Does Political Representation Increase Participation? Evidence from Party Candidate Lotteries in Mexico

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Does Political Representation Increase Participation?
Evidence from Party Candidate Lotteries in Mexico
By: Dr. Mathias Poertner

The first in our 2021 Fall Series: Political Accountability and Representation of the Excluded in Latin America

Monday, September 20th at noon on Zoom
Registration Required here

For a one-on-one meeting with Dr. Poertner, contact Post-Doctoral Fellow Jared Abbott