I am a senior researcher at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center and associate professor of political science at the Institute of Political and Social Studies at the University of Rio de Janeiro (IESP-UERJ). I am currently a Democracy Visiting Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School. I mostly work on democratic theory and comparative politics, although in previous years my focus was on modern and contemporary political theory.
My main research interest is the impact of democratic innovations on the quality of democracy. I am particularly interested in how new means of citizen participation (involving, for example, deliberation, e-democracy or direct democracy) contribute (or not) to enhance different dimensions of the quality of democracy (e.g. responsiveness, accountability, equality, competition, etc.). The main focus of my empirical work is in Latin America.
Currently, I am working on a project about democratic innovations in Latin America. I built a database (LATINNO) with cases from eighteen countries in a twenty-six year period (1990-2016). Cases were coded for 47 variables concerning the context, institutional design, and impact of democratic innovations. LATINNO is funded by the Open Society Foundations and Open Society Initiative for Europe.
The vast experimentation with new forms of participation and representation in Latin America is also the background against which I have been developing the concept of “pragmatic democracy”. You can find some of my writings on the topic on this website.
You will find most of my publications here, as well as information about my teaching and research. You can browse my books, book chapters, journal articles, and also conference papers and other writings. I will try to make as much material as possible available for download, except for what is under review or protected by copyrights. I hope you find what you are looking for!
WZB Berlin Social Science Center
Research Unit Democracy and Democratization
10785 Berlin Germany
Phone: +49 30 25491598