"As we are prisoners of the words we use, we had better pick them well"   Giovanni Sartori

"Arguments are extremely vulgar,  for everyone in good society holds exactly the same opinion." Oscar Wilde

"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds"   Albert  Einstein

"When the facts change... I change my mind.  What do you do, sir?"   John Maynard Keynes

My research focuses on Latin American politics and political economy.

In particular, I am interested in party systems, democratization,  the political economy of development, and  economic reform.


Governance in a Globalizing World

Growth, Employment and Equity in Latin America

Miraculous Metamorphoses

Financial Decision-Making in Mexico

Exchange Rate Politics in Latin America.d.pdf

Fiscal Reform in Developing Countries

 The Arab Spring Through the Lens of Huntington's Third Wave   Forthcoming chapter in edited book.

The 2011 Peruvian Presidential Elections:  A Thorny Moral and Political Dilemma  Contemporary Politics  Vol 18, Issue 1 March 2012

Fiscal Federalism Amid Institutional Weakness:  Argentina's Federal Fiscal Pacts of the 1990s 
Latin American Policy  Vol 2, No. 2.  2011

 Party Politics  Vol 15, no. 4, July 2009


Tax Reform Paralysis in Post-Conflict Guatemala

New Political Economy Vol 14, No.1, March 2009


Transformation and Decay: The De-Institutionalization of Party Systems in South America.pdf  Third World Quarterly  Vol 29 no.2, March 2008


Guatemala's Party Universe: A Case Study in Underinstitutionalization.pdf  Latin American Politics and Society   Vol 50, no. 1 Spring 2008 issue


Tax System Reform in Latin America:  Domestic and International Causes.pdf   Review of International Political Economy  Vol. 13, no.5 December 2006.


Argentina's Landmark 2003 Presidential Election pdf    Bulletin of Latin American Research   October 2005, vol.24, Issue 4.


Some Thoughts on the Political Economy of Policy Reform in Latin America

Governance:   International Journal of Policy, Administration and Institutions  (Review Essay) Vol 18: No. 2, April 2005.

Globalization as a Development Strategy in Latin America?.pdf   World Development Vol. 31, Issue 12, December 2003.
The Economic Sanctions Malaise: Case of Cuba.pdf      International Journal  Vol. 58, no.3, Summer 2003.
The Rise and Fall of the Dependency Movement:  Does it Inform Underdevelopment Today?  Estudios Interdisciplinarios de America Latina  Vol 14, N.2, June 2003.
Beyond Transitions by Transaction in Chile and Spain: Elite and Institutional Differences.pdf  Democratization  Vol. 11, No. 3. Summer 2003.  pp. 56-85. (Winner of the Frank Cass Award for best article in Democratization by a young scholar).
The Effects of Electoral Reform in Italy  Journal of European Area Studies   Vol 10: 2 (November 2002).
The Perils of a Trade-First US Foreign Policy  Australian Journal of International Affairs  Vol 56: 1, April 2002, pp.143-160.
The Impact of Foreign Aid in Latin America      Journal of Social, Political and Economic Studies  Vol. 27, no. 1 (Spring 2002), pp. 23-41
Mexico's Foreign Policy under President Salinas:  Searching for Friends in the First World      Iberoamericana:  Nordic Journal of Latin American Studies.  Fall 2001.