Category Latin American political economy

Workshop on States, Nature and the Exercise of Power in the Global South: Towards a New Research Agenda


I am pleased to announce that we are holding a one-day workshop at Sheffield University on “States, Nature and the Exercise of Power in the Global South: Towards A New Research Agenda”. The event aims to foster an open dialogue among scholars of natural resource politics, drawing from various disciplinary traditions, including international political economy, […]

Can a Fourth Victory for the Workers’ Party Secure Brazil’s State Capitalism?


Last Sunday, 26th October, Brazilians voted the incumbent Dilma Rousseff, securing the Workers’ Party (PT) its fourth electoral victory. In a very tight race with Aecio Neves of the Brazilian Social Democratic Party (PDSB), Rousseff won by a three per cent margin, indicating the fragility of her victory in what has been considered as one […]

Labour Unions and Oil Democracies


In the recently concluded Annual Conference hosted by the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI), I presented a paper on labour politics in oil-rich states. Our paper, co-authored with Håvard Haarstad and Andrew Lawrence, explores the theoretical significance of non-state actors in shaping governance arrangements in oil-rich economies. Given the resurgence of social conflicts in mining and energy industries, it is vital […]

Researching Contentious Politics and Mining Regimes


In a recent guest lecture that I gave at York University, I presented some very rough ideas about how we can think about resource exploitation and democratisation in Latin America and Southeast Asia. Whilst by no means do I suggest such cross-regional comparisons are unproblematic, I argued that there are common grounds for some comparative work […]

One Hundred Years of Ineptitude


The Economist this week features Argentina’s so-called ‘one hundred years of ineptitude‘. It explains the rise and fall of Argentina from being one of the richest in the world in early twentieth century towards a country of uncertainty, poverty and inequality. During its liberal years between 1880s and 1920s, the country ranked among the ten richest […]