May 09, 2017 05:30 PM

Location: UCL Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PN [cid:image001.png@01D2C503.80BB2D90]<>

Debates on democratisation in Latin America have considered participatory democracy as a complementary approach to the shortfalls of representative democracy to overcome problems on elitism, corruption and clientelism. However, they overlook other types of political relationships that fall in between these pure extremes. The seminar will bring forward the concept of political intermediation, considered a role that requires ingeniousness and which is not designed simply to act on the best interests of the represented, but also to transform the world of those represented.

Given the multiplicity and simultaneity of intermediary roles the question on comparing the rules and actions that characterise each individual or organisation is raised. Through a comparative model, the cube of political intermediation, a series of case studies across Latin American, compiled in the book  – will be discussed.

Intermediation and Representation in Latin America: Actors and Roles beyond Elections<>  (Zaremberg, Gisela, Guarneros-Meza, Valeria, Gurza Lavalle, Adrián (Eds.)) was published in 2017 by Palgrave/Macmillan<>, as part of the series Studies of the Americas<>, edited by Maxine Molyneux<> (UCL Americas).

Dr. Gisela Zaremberg is a Professor-researcher at Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), México. Her research focuses on democratic innovations, networks, and gender. Among her publications, the book Votos, mujeres y asistencia social en el México priista y la Argentina peronista, won the 2010 Donna Lee Van Cott award for ‘Best Book on Latin American Institutions’ (LAPIS, LASA).

Dr. Valeria Guarneros-Meza is Senior Lecturer at De Montfort Univeristy, United Kingdom. Her research focuses on the relationships existing between public management processes and citizen participation. Her research has been published in international academic journals such as Public Administration and Urban Studies.

Attendance is free of charge, but registration is required<>. IMPORTANT NOTE on access to 51 Gordon Square: in order to ensure the smooth delivery of the lectures or presentations, and for ease of logistics, access may be restricted after the start of the event. We will endeavour to accommodate late arrivals within our possibilities, but an early arrival is recommended to avoid disappointment.