New Books and Award in Kellogg Book Series
July 19, 2012
Violent Democratization Receives LASA Award
A book published in 2011 as part of the Kellogg Institute Series with the University of Notre Dame Press has received the Michael Jiménez Book Award from the Latin American Studies Association.
Violent Democratization: Social Movements, Elites, and Politics in Colombia’s Rural War Zones, 1984–2008 was authored by former Kellogg Visiting Fellow Leah Anne Carroll, now the director of the Office of Undergraduate Research at the University of California, Berkeley.
Drawing on interviews with leftist and social movement activists, elected officials, and elites, Carroll examines how recent waves of activism by Colombian peasants and rural workers were greeted by violent repression.
Presented by the Colombia section of LASA, the Jiménez award honors works for their innovative theoretical, methodological, or conceptual approach and for advancing analysis of social themes relevant to a greater understanding of Colombian reality.
New from the Kellogg Series
Recent books in the Kellogg series treat diverse themes of legislative behavior, executive power, collective action, and the role of religion in politics and society.
In The Maryknoll Catholic Mission in Peru, 1943–1989: Transnational Faith and Transformation, Susan Fitzpatrick-Behrens explores how Maryknoll Catholic missionaries went to Peru to save a “backward” Church and were instead transformed into vocal critics of US foreign policy and key supporters of liberation theology and intercultural Catholicism. Fitzpatrick-Behrens, a former Kellogg visiting fellow, is associate professor of history at California State University, Northridge.
In Political Careers, Corruption, and Impunity: Panama's Assembly, 1984–2009, Carlos Guevara Mann examines the behavior of the members of Panama’s legislative assembly, showing that many legislators seek personal gain through means that undermine democracy, such as widespread clientelism, party switching, and electoral manipulation. Mann, a former Kellogg visiting fellow and Notre Dame PhD (2001), is program officer for the United Nations World Food Programme’s Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean.
In Power in the Balance: Presidents, Parties, and Legislatures in Peru and Beyond, Barry S. Levitt, assistant professor of politics and international relations at Florida International University, addresses questions of executive power in fragile new democracies in Latin America. His findings on the importance of the rule of law and party organization have implications for improving the quality of new democracies everywhere.
In The Right to the City: Popular Contention in Contemporary Buenos Aires, Gabriela Ippolito-O’Donnell looks at the role of urban grassroots organizations in the expansion and consolidation of citizenship rights.She examines the cyclical patterns of collective action by the urban poor and their consequences for alleviating poverty and inequality. A former Kellogg guest scholar, Ippolito-O’Donnell is professor in the School of Politics and Government at the Universidad Nacional de San Martín in Argentina.