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Federalism, subnational party systems and party membership in Latin America

Grant number: 18/24675-0
Support type:Research Grants - Visiting Researcher Grant - Brazil
Duration: May 06, 2019 - May 31, 2019
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Political Science - Political Behavior
Principal Investigator:Pedro José Floriano Ribeiro
Grantee:Pedro José Floriano Ribeiro
Visiting researcher: Andre Borges de Carvalho
Visiting researcher institution: Universidade de Brasília (UNB). Instituto de Ciência Política, Brazil
Home Institution: Centro de Educação e Ciências Humanas (CECH). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil


During his stay at the Federal University of São Carlos in May 2019, professor André Borges shall collaborate with the local research team in the project "Socioeconomic development, institutions and parties: explaining party membership in Latin America". This is an ongoing project, and the stage of data gathering and analysis about party membership at the local level has been just completed for the case of Brazil. The visiting professor will contribute for the research in its following stage, which intends to analyze the causes of party membership at the subnational level in two other Latin American countries (Argentina and Mexico). The visiting professor will foster the improvement of the research project through two types of activities. First, professor André Borges will organize a series of seminars to share with the research team the theoretical and methodological strategies he has pursued in his comparative research on federalism e regionalization of party systems. Second, professor Borges will contribute more directly for research development by creating, together with the research team, new indicators and variables to account for the effects of subnational politics on the levels of party membership.In terms of results, we expect that the visit of professor André Borges will allow for the production of an article in co-authorship with the research manager. Furthermore, the visit shall foster the identification of shared research agendas, leading to the development of collaborative research projects in the near future. (AU)