Laurence Whitehead

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Laurence Whitehead "is Official Fellow in Politics at Nuffield and Director of the Mexican Studies Centre. Among his special interests are US relations and European relations with Latin America and current processes of democratisation. He is the representative on the steering committee of the newly created Red Euro-Latinoamericano de Gobernabilidad par el Desarrollo, which is supported by the IDB and holds an annual conference in Barcelona. He is also Chair of the Europe-Latin American section of LASA and of Research Committee 13 (on Comparative Democratization) at IPSA. In that capacity he gave a keynote address to the annual conference of the Brazilian Association of Political Sciences in Rio (July 2004). In 2002 he occupied the Alfonso Reyes Visiting Professorship at the Institut des Hautes Etudes d'Amerique Latine in Paris. He also teaches the options on Mexican politics, the international relations of Latin America, and on comparative social revolutions at the Centre. His most recent publications are Democratization: Theory and Experience (Oxford University Press, 2002) and an edited volume Emerging Market Democracies: East Asia and Latin America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002). Other publications include Toward Democratic Viability: the Bolivian Experience (Jointly edited with John Crabtree, Palgrave, 2001); International Dimensions of Democratisation (OUP 1996, enlarged paperback edition, 2001), two chapters for the Cambridge History of Latin America (on 'the development of state organisation since 1930', and on Bolivia since 1930) and a series of articles and chapters on various aspects of democratisation. Earlier publications include Transitions from Authoritarian Rule (jointly edited with Guillermo O'Donnell and Philippe Schmitter - Johns Hopkins University Press); Latin America Debt and the Adjustment Crisis (jointly edited with Rosemary Thorp, Macmillan); and The Central American Impasse (jointly edited with Giuseppe di Palma - Croom Helm). He has also written various articles about Bolivia and about Chile since Allende. He is editor of the OUP book series 'Oxford Studies in Democratisation'. He was Acting Program Director at the Center for US-Mexico Studies of the University of California, San Diego, in 1985-6 and co-ordinator of the Southern California workshop on Political and Economic Liberalisation in 1995." [1]

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Research Fellowships/Lectureships [3]

  • 1967-1968 Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute, London
  • 1968 Visiting Scholar, Instituto Cubano de Amistad con los Pueblos (August)
  • 1973 Visiting Fellow, CEPLAN, Santiago de Chile
  • 1976 Visiting Lecturer, Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, Lima
  • 1979 Visiting Fellow, Wilson Centre Latin American Programme, Washington DC (January-June)
  • Visiting Fellow, Colegio de México
  • 1980-1981 Senior Research Scholar, Wilson Centre Latin American Programme, Washington DC
  • 1982 Visiting Fellow, Institute of Latin American Studies, La Trobe University, Melbourne
  • 1984 Visiting Researcher, European University, Florence (October)
  • 1989 Visiting Scholar, Instituto de Estudos Avançados, University of São Paulo
  • 1989 Visiting Researcher, Instituto de Estudios Europeos, Havana (October)
  • 1991 Visiting Scholar, Institute for East-West Security Studies, Prague (June)
  • 1995 Visiting Scholar, CEDLA, Amsterdam (September)
  • 1997 Visiting Researcher, Bolivian Ministry of Capitalisation, La Paz
  • Visiting Scholar, Max Weber College, Erfurt (November)
  • Visiting Lecturer, Oslo University International Summer School on Comparative Social Science (August)
  • 1998 Visiting Lecturer, Humboldt University, Berlin (July)
  • Visiting Scholar, Max Weber College, Erfurt (December)

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  1. Laurence Whitehead, Oxford University, accessed September 24, 2007.
  2. CV, Laurence Whitehead, accessed February 23, 2008.
  3. CV, Laurence Whitehead, accessed February 23, 2008.
  4. CV, Laurence Whitehead, accessed February 23, 2008.