Latin America

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    When inmates make the rules: self-governing prisons in Latin America and beyond

When inmates make the rules: self-governing prisons in Latin America and beyond

What happens when a state fails to run its prisons? Prisoners in some Latin American jails establish their own governing bodies to keep order, even setting up extralegal courts of their own. But even in the US, understaffing sees gangs running much of everyday prison life, explain David Skarbek and Courtney Michaluk.

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    From unions to social movements, political dynamics in South America have long been driven by waves of incorporation

From unions to social movements, political dynamics in South America have long been driven by waves of incorporation

The idea of a “Left Turn” or a “Pink Tide” tells us little about the rise and fall of left-wing parties today or throughout Latin America’s history.  Though the actors and arenas vary over time, the key lies in understanding successive waves of demands for incorporation from poorer segments of society, argues Federico M. Rossi.

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    Odebrecht in the Amazon: comparing responses to corruption in Latin America

Odebrecht in the Amazon: comparing responses to corruption in Latin America

The Odebrecht scandal reveals not only the extent of corruption in public contracts and elections in Latin America, but also the widely varying capacity and inclination of different political systems to respond, writes Kathryn Hochstetler.

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    Perceptions of firm internationalisation drive changes in Latin American attitudes towards women’s career advancement

Perceptions of firm internationalisation drive changes in Latin American attitudes towards women’s career advancement

Internationalisation can mean exposure to different norms, adoption of international practices, and a suppressing effect on individuals’ negative attitudes, write Michel Hermans, William Newburry, Marcelo J. Alvarado-Vargas, Carlos M. Baldo, Armando Borda, Edwin G. Durán-Zurita, José Maurício Galli Geleilate, Massiel Guerra, Maria Virginia Lasio Morello, Sergio M. Madero-Gómez, Miguel R. Olivas-Lujan and Anne Marie Zwerg-Villegas.

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    Crime costs some Latin American countries more than 6 per cent of their GDP

Crime costs some Latin American countries more than 6 per cent of their GDP

The cost to Latin America of being the world’s most violent region is not only a human one. New research by Laura Jaitman reveals that its enormous economic costs are equal to annual spending on infrastructure, or enough to halve the region’s housing deficit.

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    What can the political economy of Latin America’s regions tell us about development in the very long term?

What can the political economy of Latin America’s regions tell us about development in the very long term?

The first LSE-Stanford Conference on Long Range Development in Latin America, a new annual series of high-level conferences co-hosted by LSE, Stanford, and the Universidad de los Andes (Colombia), will take place at Stanford on 11-12 May, 2017, with the participation of numerous LSE researchers and the support of the LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre. Here co-organiser Jean-Paul Faguet reveals that political economy research […]

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    The end of colonialism in Puerto Rico? Evaluating the options in the 2017 political status referendum

The end of colonialism in Puerto Rico? Evaluating the options in the 2017 political status referendum

The options for decolonising Puerto Rico have always been complex and contested. But the US decision to force a “status quo” option on to the latest ballot has undermined this chance to settle the issue once and for all, writes Gibrán Cruz Martínez.

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    Latin America’s productivity problems can only be overcome by incentivising, underwriting, and enforcing technological investment

Latin America’s productivity problems can only be overcome by incentivising, underwriting, and enforcing technological investment

With the right kinds of state support, Latin American firms can develop and compete in productive segments higher up the global value chain, writes Tobias Franz.

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    Cobardía en el Brexit y coraje en Colombia: la historia de dos referendos

Cobardía en el Brexit y coraje en Colombia: la historia de dos referendos

Los plebiscitos reducen temas complejos a preguntas sencillas de sí o no y se prestan a pasiones momentáneas que pueden ser fácilmente manipuladas, escribe Jean-Paul Faguet.

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    US pressure on Nicaragua will only stall diplomatic engagement and harm its most vulnerable groups

US pressure on Nicaragua will only stall diplomatic engagement and harm its most vulnerable groups

Even with Venezuela’s substantial support in doubt, the nature of Nicaraguan trade, migration, and aid links with the US makes the country less vulnerable to pressure than many expect. Instead, diplomacy and civil society will bear the brunt of unintended consequences, writes Pamela Neumann.