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CALL FOR PAPERS : SPONSORED PANEL SUBNATIONAL POLITICS AND SOCIETY SECTION- GUADALAJARA 2020 LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION

Jul 30, 2019

CALL FOR PAPERS : SPONSORED PANEL SUBNATIONAL POLITICS AND SOCIETY SECTION- GUADALAJARA 2020

LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION STATE
CAPACITIES IN LATIN AMERICA FROM A SUBNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE

Deadline to receive abstracts: August 16th, 2019 Decision announced: August 21th, 2019

The current membership of the Section on Subnational Politics and Society entitles us to sponsor one panel that is automatically accepted and included in the conference program. For the 2020 LASA Congress we are looking for papers for a panel on “State capacities in Latin America from a Subnational Perspective.”

Decentralizing policies were implemented in most (federal and unitary) Latin American countries during the 1990s with the promise that transferring prerogatives and responsibilities to subnational units will improve the quality of public goods and services provided by the state. Few years after these transformations, it became clear that the benefits supposedly attached to decentralization had not materialized in most cases. One of the reasons, some scholars stated, was the lack of capacities of subnational governments to manage and operate the production and delivery of goods and services now under their responsibility.

Almost at the same time, the discussion about “state capacities” gained ground in disciplines such as political science and sociology, and a research agenda emerged with the goal of conceptualizing and empirically addressing differences in state strength in Latin America. However, it was not until recently that scholars began to “scale down” and consider how these concepts can apply to understand subnational units.

This panel seeks to showcase innovative research on state capacities that employs a subnational perspective, for example exploring variation within countries, or that reflects on how geographical, social or economic characteristics shape subnational units´ capacities to implement policies or deal with particular challenges. The panel is open regarding the substantial focus of the papers, which can relate to issues like how state capacities should be conceptualized when considering the subnational level, the causes and consequences of weak or strong state capacities, their effects in terms of violence and crime, among others.

To allow paper proponents the opportunity to submit their abstracts to the conference if their paper is not accepted for the panel, we will notify selected abstracts by August 21th 2019.

This call is open to current members and non-members of the section but priority will be given to current members. If the abstract is accepted the author (s) should become section members for LASA 2020.

Please send your proposal to jcruzo@colmex.mx