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

We are starting our Latin American Political Economy –LAPE- Seminar Series on February 24th, 2016 with a talk by Dr. David Doyle (Oxford) entitled:

Remittances, Political Preferences and Party Systems in Latin America

Remittances are a major source of foreign exchange for some Latin American economies and they go directly into the hands of those that receive them. This project explores the political effects of these financial transfers. It argues that remittances will affect the political preferences of those that receive them. The regular receipt of remittances will reduce economic insecurity and increase consumption. This should lead to increased support for free trade and reduced support for certain types of government transfers. Over time, this will have a significant effect on macro-level policy outcomes and possibly even party competition across Latin America.

Dr. David Doyle is an Associate Professor of Comparative Politics in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford, a Fellow of St Hugh’s College, and a Fellow of the Latin American Centre. His research has a number of overlapping strands, which all broadly revolve around executives, ideology and political economy in Latin America. His research has appeared in journals such as the American Political Science Review, the British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Political Research Quarterly, the Journal of Public Policy and Latin American Politics and Society, among others.