Glen Biglaiser, associate professor of political science, earned a Fulbright Research Award in spring 2013 to Chile where he taught a graduate seminar in political economy at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile in Santiago.
As part of his Fulbright award, Biglaiser also conducted a research project on the differences among center-left governments, such as those of Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay, that have sustained economic policies that rely on a competitive market economy while others, such as those of Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Venezuela, do not. Biglaiser hopes that these findings will help explain economic policy choices that have important effects on economic growth and development not only in Latin America but also throughout the developing world.
"By studying why some center-left/leftist governments sustained market-oriented reforms while others did not, we get a deeper appreciation of the important effects that policy choices play on economic growth and development not only in Latin America but throughout the world," Biglaiser says. "Understanding the opportunities for growth and development is especially critical given the interconnectedness of the world today."
Biglaiser, whose Fulbright was from February 2013 to July 2013, interviewed the former President of Chile Ricardo Lagos, current and former government cabinet ministers, policy experts, as well as members from the legislative, business and labor associations to learn the position leftist governments take on the state's role in the economy. He also interviewed officials in Argentina and Uruguay in May 2013 in his quest to gain additional insights about their policymaking process.
"In a globalized world, as we live in today, interactions among countries in the developed and developing world are growing ever more common," Biglaiser says. "The goods we buy, the languages we hear and the foods we eat all show the interconnectedness of countries worldwide."
Biglaiser says by assessing economic policy choices in Latin America and other developing countries, the world can gain a better understanding of the chances for economic growth and development.
About Glen Biglaiser
Biglaiser joined the Department of Political Science in 2012. His expertise includes comparative politics, Latin American politics, and economic and political issues in the developing world. He received his doctoral degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1996.
About the Department of Political Science
The Department of Political Science is divided into four major areas, with a strong focus on rigorous and careful research methods: American Government, International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Political Theory. The department is the editorial home of the American Political Science Review, the premier political science journal in the world. It houses the Castleberry Peace Institute within its Peace Studies program, and the Human Security, Democracy, and Global Development research cluster, a consortium of faculty experts focused on conflict resolution strategies, the protection of human rights, and the promotion of economic development, health and neighbor relations.
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