Category Archives: Jorge Dominguez

Book Explores the Challenges of Party Building in Latin America

A writer and publisher, Dr. Jorge I. Dominguez served in a variety of roles during his time at Harvard University, from professor of undergraduate and graduate students to 14 years as chair of the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. Dr. Jorge I. Dominguez has also edited a number of books through the Harvard University Press. Cambridge University Press published his co-edited Challenges of Party-Building in Latin America.

Published in 2016, Challenges of Party-Building in Latin America serves as an in-depth analysis of the overall weakness of political parties throughout Latin America. In addition to the collapse of parties in several countries, a number of new party-building efforts have ended in failure. The text, which Dr. Dominguez co-edited with Steven Levitsky, James Loxton, and Brandon Van Dyck, examines why party building is so challenging in Latin America, while also exploring why certain parties manage to succeed and sustain support.

The book questions whether the introduction of democratic elections naturally supports the development of strong, durable political parties. At the same time, writers propose the idea that intense political and cultural conflict may provide better conditions for forging a strong party, as opposed to periods of routine democracy. The book holds this belief up against numerous civil wars, revolutions, and other events defining Latin America’s recent history.

Many of the book’s chapters are formatted as case studies that examine the formation of existing political parties, as well as failed political movements.

Political Science Quarterly Subscriptions

A retired Harvard University professor and experienced writer and publisher, Jorge I. Dominguez specializes in Latin American political science, international affairs, and democratic development. A member of many professional organizations, Jorge I. Dominguez served on the editorial board of Political Science Quarterly (PSQ) from 1984 to 2018.

PSQ started in 1886 when a Columbia University professor collaborated with a New York publisher to distribute the first issue. Since then, PSQ has released an issue every quarter, informing academics and the general public on diverse national and international political issues. The journal is nonpartisan, and it maintains rigorous standards to ensure that articles provide sufficient evidence to back their claims. Alongside articles from new and established scholars, each issue contains 30 to 40 book reviews.

PSQ offers subscriptions to individuals and institutions. Its special membership grants more expanded benefits, such as complete archival access to PSQ’s collection on JSTOR starting from its founding. Special memberships are also partially tax-deductible.

Principles Upholding Democracy

With a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University, Jorge I. Dominguez has published many books on the political and economic situation of Latin America. Jorge Dominguez co-edited the collection of critical essays titled The Construction of Democracy, which brought scholars from seven countries to explore what democracy means and make practical recommendations on how to practice a better democracy.

For a country to rule by democracy, it has to uphold its principles. First, democracy ensures that all members of a society are given and allowed to exercise equal rights and obligations. There is no unelected hierarchy of power, and everyone is treated fairly.

The government must also recognize that while the majority rules, the minority has to be protected because every citizen is entitled to different opinions. Also, a government that plans on constructing democracy has to be open in its affairs. The populace is allowed to know about legal proceedings, electoral processes, and everything that impacts citizens’ lives.

Routledge Handbook of Latin America in the World

A writer and publisher, Jorge Dominguez focuses on comparative politics and international affairs in Latin America, and how these countries relate to the rest of the world. Jorge I. Dominguez’s book Routledge Handbook of Latin America in the World provides readers with a guide on select Latin American countries’ political systems and their diplomatic relationships.

The Routledge Handbook of Latin America in the World does more than just explain the region’s political evolution in the 30 years proceeding its publication. In each section, it focuses on specific issues, social, economic, and diplomatic, impacting countries’ operations. Some examples include Argentina and Brazil’s domestic and global policy challenges, and the then-current state of countries’ relationships with specific external actors.

The Routledge Handbook of Latin America in the World contains essays written and or translated by several scholars in the field. Written to benefit academics, students, and researchers alike, the authors provide both theoretical and empirically-based insights. Edited by Dominguez and Ana Covarrubias, it was published in 2014.