The Latin American Political Economy – LAPE – Seminar Series is an academic forum sponsored by the UCL – Institute of the Americas to discuss new research on Latin American political economy, economics, and political science. We invite scholars and researchers from the UK and abroad to present their on-going projects.

The LAPE Seminar Series also introduces students and researchers to a wide variety of scholars and research methodologies from the political economy field. Everybody is welcome and encourage to attend.

Our seminar series usually meet at 51 Gordon Square, London

For more information please contact the Seminar Series Convenor: Néstor Castañeda, Assistant Professor of Latin American Political Economy, University College London


January 16, 2019 – Kevin Middlebrook (University College London): Political Change from the Outside In: US Trade Leverage and Labour-Rights Reform in Mexico

March 13, 2018 – Cassilde Schwartz (Royal Holloway, University of London): Law Breaking and Law Bending: Semi-Noncompliance and Irregular Migration

February 28, 2018 – Kathryn Hochstetler (LSE): Green Industrial Policy and the Renewable Energy Transition: Can it be Good Industrial Policy?

February 8, 2018 –  Daniela Campello and Cesar Zucco (FGV/EBAPE): Rewarding Merit or Luck? Electoral Accountability in Comparative Perspective

November 23, 2017 – Manuel Vogt (University College London): The Political Futility of Counterinsurgency: State Violence and Electoral Support for the Left in Guatemala

November 16, 2017 – Covadonga Meseguer (London School of Economics): Return Migration and Democratic Consolidation

March 9, 2017 – Gustavo Flores-Macias (Cornell University): Building the Modern State in Developing Countries: Understanding the Relationship between Security and Taxes with Evidence from Mexico

February 15, 2017 – Livia Schubiger (London School of Economics): Vigilante Mobilization and Local Order: Evidence from Mexico 

January 25, 2017 – Kenneth Shadlen (London School of Economics): Coalitions and Compliance: The Political Economy of Pharmaceutical Patents in Latin America

December 13, 2016 – Miguel Carreras (University of California, Riverside): Outsiders and separation of powers in Latin America

November 24, 2016 – Sandra Botero (Willamette University): High Courts and Socio-Economic Rights in Latin America

April 26, 2016 – Ezequiel Gonzalez (University of Oxford): Shifting Legal Visions: Judicial Change and Human Rights Trials in Latin America

April 19, 2016 – Carlos Scartascini (Inter-American Development Bank): Tax compliance in Latin America: When do people respond? 

February 24, 2016 – David Doyle (University of Oxford): Remittances, Political Preferences and Party Systems in Latin America