Feb 22

Wynia Memorial Lecture: Prof. Luigi Manzetti

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"Corruption and the Dark Side of Left Wing Populism in Argentina Under the Kirchners" by Prof. Luigi Manzetti, Southern Methodist University

Friday, February 22nd, 2013
4:30 – 6:00 pm / Gould Library Athenaeum

Much of the recent literature focusing on the "new" Latin American left has compared governments of the "pragmatic socialist" and "left wing populist" varieties in terms of their effects on economic and social policies. Very little attention has been paid to how corruption has accompanied a weakening of checks and balances in the case of left wing populist presidencies. Prof. Manzetti will argue that the more the executive branch concentrates political power and becomes less accountable to institutional checks and balances, the greater the chances that corruption and misuse of scarce government funds will take place. He illustrates this in the case of consecutive husband and wife presidencies of Néstor and Cristina Fernández Kirchner in Argentina.

Luigi Manzetti  holds a PhD in political science from the University of Iowa and has previously taught at Duke University and the University of Siena (Italy).  He specializes in issues that include governance, corruption, and market reforms in Latin America. His latest book is entitled Neo-liberalism, Accountability, and Reform Failures in Emerging Markets (Penn State Univ Press, 2010). Prof. Manzetti has been a consultant for the US Agency on International Development, the United States Information Agency, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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