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Maxwell A. Cameron (Ph.D., California, Berkeley, 1989) specializes in comparative politics (Latin America) and international political economy. He wrote Democracy and Authoritarianism in Peru (St. Martin's 1994), co-edited The Peruvian Labyrinth (Penn State University Press, 1997), The Political Economy of North American Free Trade (McGill-Queen's 1993), Democracy and Foreign Policy (Carleton, 1995), To Walk Without Fear: The Global Movement to Ban Landmines (Oxford, 1998), Latin America's Left Turns: Politics, Policies and Trajectories of Change (Lynne Rienner, 2010), Democracia en la Region Andina (IEP, 2010), co-authored The Making of NAFTA: How the Deal Was Done (Cornell, 2000), edited a special issue of the Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (2002) on the topic of threats to democracy in Latin America, a special issue of Canadian Foreign Policy (2003) on the Inter-American Democratic Charter, and a special issue of Revista de Ciencia Politica on Andean democracy. Cameron is on the editorial board of Business and Politics, the Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and Canadian Foreign Policy and Convergencia: Revista de Ciencia Sociales (Mexico). During the fall 2005 he was on leave at Yale University as Canadian Bicentennial Visiting Professor in the Yale Center forInternational and Area Studies, and between January and June 2006 he was a visiting researcher at the Universidad del Pacifico in Lima, Peru. Between March and June 2006, Cameron served as political advisor to Lloyd Axworthy, Chief of the Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States in Peru. Through the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions, Cameron organized the "Andean Democracy Research Network", a research network to monitor and report on the state of democracy in the Andean region with funding from the Martha Piper Fund, the Glyn Berry Program of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada, and the International Development Research Council. He recently completed a Ford Foundation supported project on participation and representation in Latin America. At the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions, Cameron is working on democratic reform and citizen engagement. In 2011 he convened a public conversation at UBC on “Why don’t (more) good people enter politics?” As a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies (2011-12) he organized a colloquium series Aristotle’s idea of “practical wisdom” and its relevance in politics today.
Theses Supervised: "Prosecuting Pinochet: The Role of Social Movements in Political Change" (Flavie Major); "Rethinking Pacts: Dealing with Pinochet in an Altered World" (Ross Burnside); "Reconciling Democracy and Multiculturalism: A Deliberative Approach" (Jonathan Quong); "Human Rights in a World of States: Global Norms and the Evolution of Political Space"; "The Dynamics of Competitive Liberalization and the Proliferation of Preferential Trade Agreements" (Mark Manger); "The Rule of Law and Non-Institutionalized Societal Accountability" (Ana-Maria Blanaru); "Ethnic Riots in Gujarat" (Mugdha Yeolekar); "The Mobilization of the Left and the Nationalization of the Hydrocarbon Sector: Bolivia" (Kate McElroy); "Undertow in the Third Wave: An Examination of Democratic Breakdown" (Peter Ferguson); "Bringing the Judiciary Back In: The Impact of Executive-Judicial Relations on Democratic Stability in Venezuela" (Lesley Burns); "Populism and the Second Incorporation Crisis in Latin America" (Jaimie Boyd); "Access to Power: Hegemonic Party Rule in Singapore and Taiwan," (Netina Tan). Current Doctoral Supervisions: Hyunji Lee; Jason Tockman; Sandra Salt; Jan Boesten; Agustin Goenaga; UBC Killam Postdoctoral Fellows Supervised: Andres Mejia Acosta; Tulia Falleti; Pablo Policzer
“After the Democratic Charter’s First Decade: Achievements, Limitations, and Next Steps,” Latin American Policy, Vol. 3, no. 1, 2012, pp. 58-73.
“Peru: The Left Turn that Wasn’t.” In Steven Levitsky and Kenneth Roberts, eds. The Resurgence of the Latin American Left (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011), pp. 375-398.
“Text, Power and Social Exclusion: From Colonialism to the Crisis of Criollo Republicanism” in John Crabtree, ed. Fractured Politics: Peruvian Democracy Past and Present (London: Institute for the Study of the Americas, 2011), pp. 23-51.
Democracia en la región Andina: Diversidad y desafíos. (Edited by Maxwell A. Cameron and Juan Pablo Luna). Lima: Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, 2010. Pp. 605. (Plural Editores, La Paz, Bolivia, 2011; Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia, 2012).
“Texts, Media, and Constituent Power: Latin America from ancient to modern times,” Canadian Journal of Latin American Studies. Vol. 35, no. 70, 2010, pp. 29-50.
“The State of Democracy in the Andes: Introduction to a Thematic Issue,” Revista de Ciencia Política, Vol. 30, no 1, 2010, pp. 5-20. Latin America’s Left Turns: Politics, Policies, and Trajectories of Change. (Edited with Eric Hershberg). Lynn Rienner Publishers, 2010, Pp. 289.
“A Diplomatic Theatre of the Absurd: Canada, the OAS and the Coup in Honduras,” NACLA: Report on the Americas. (With Jason Tockman). June 2010.
“El giro a la izquierda frustrado en el Perú: el caso de Ollanta Humala,” Convergencia: Revista de Ciencias Sociales. Special anniversary issue, 2009, pp. 275-301.
“Latin America’s Left Turns: An Introduction,” Third World Quarterly, Vol. 30, no. 2, 2009 (with Jon Beasley-Murray and Eric Hershberg), pp. 319-330.
"Latin America's Left Turns: Beyond Good and Bad," Third World Quarterly, Vol. 30, no. 2, 2009, pp. 331-348.
“Democracy Without Parties? Political Parties and Regime Change in Fujimori’s Peru.” (with Steve Levitsky) In William C. Smith, ed. Latin American Democratic Transformations: Institutions, Actors, and Processes. Wiley-Blackwell, 2009, pp. 339-363.
“Harper’s Third World Environmental Policies for the First World,” Huffington Post, April 18, 2012. http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/
“Canada’s Epic Fail in Latin America,” The Mark, April 17, 2012. http://www.themarknews.com/
“Reflexiones retrospectivas sobre el autogolpe del 5 de abril de 1992 en Perú,” Politai, April 5, 2012. http://www.politai.pe/opinion25.html
“Is Cooperation Among Opposition Parties Dead?” Tyee, March 27, 2012. http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/
“I don’t trust weasel words like ‘smart regulation’” The Blog, Huffington Post, March 29, 2012.http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/angelinachapin/budget2012_b_1389400.html?ref=canada&ref=canada&ref=canada
“Is Cooperation Among Opposition Parties Dead?” The Tyee, March 27, 2012. http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2012/03/27/Cooperation-Among-Opposition/
“The Future of Hemispheric Integration,” The Mark, March 7, 2012 http://www.themarknews.com/articles/8237-the-future-of-hemispheric-integration Summarized in Spanish by Santiago Mariani, “Mirando a Canada,” La Republica, March 20, 2012, p. 5.
“Must Politicians be Phonies?” The Mark, 20 December 2011. http://www.themarknews.com/articles/7839-must-politicians-be-phonies
“How is Humala Handling Social Protests in Peru?” Inter-American Dialogue’s Latin America Advisor. December 19, 2011. http://www.thedialogue.org/page.cfm?pageID=32&pubID=2819&s
“Recognizing the Good Politicians,” The Vancouver Sun, 16 November 2011. http://www.vancouversun.com/life/Recognizing+good+politicians/5718047/story.html
“La Carta Democratica Interamericana y el Desarrollo de la Democracia en America Latina: fortalezas, debilidades y recomendaciones,” Politai, September 12, 2011.
“Debatiendo la Carta Democrática en su décimo aniversario,” Politai, September 12, 2011. http://www.politai.pe/opinion14.html
“Why Peru Tilted Left,” The Mark, 8 June 2011. (With Fabiola Bazo). http://www.themarknews.com/articles/5534-why-peru-tilted-left
Reprinted in Spanish: “¿Por qué el Perú giró a la izquierda? División del voto y recuerdos amargos de Alberto Fujimori le dieron la victoria a la izquierda.” Politai, 12 June, 2011. http://www.politai.pe/opinion7.html
“Humala is best for democracy in Peru,” Financial Times.com. May 31, 2011 (with Michael McCarthy)beyondbrics: http://blogs.ft.com/beyond-brics/2011/05/31/guest-post-humala-is-best-for-democracy-in-peru/# (most popular post in Financial Times, with over 1.5k “shares”). Reproduced in Spanish translation and with commentary as: “Humala es major…” La Primera, 2 June 2011. http://www.diariolaprimeraperu.com/online/politica/humala-es-mejor_87392.html
Reproduced with commentary in “FT: ‘El mayor peligro de Humala es que le pase como a Obama’,” Gestión, 1 June 2011, http://gestion.pe/noticia/767091/ft-mayor-peligro-humala-que-le-pase-como-obama (300+ shares). Also appeared in: http://lamula.pe/2011/05/31/ft-blog-el-mayor-peligro-de-humala-no-es-que-se-convierta-en-un-lobo-sino-que-le-pase-como-a-obama/garciacatala
“Peru’s Election: Left Turns Versus U-Turn,” The Mark, April 14, 2011 (With Fabiola Bazo).http://www.themarknews.com/articles/4718-peru-s-election-left-turn-versus-u-turn Reprinted in Spanish: “Elecciones Generales peruanas. Vuelta a la izquierda versus vuelta en U.” Politai, May 6, 2011. http://www.politai.pe/opinion4.html
“Peru’s General Election: Volatile to the End,” FOCALPoint, April 2011 (With Fabiola Bazo).http://www.focal.ca/en/publications/focalpoint/429-april-2011-bazo-and-cameron
“Democracy promotion needs more resources, imagination, political will,” Embassy, April 13, 2011, p. 17. http://www.embassymag.ca/page/view/promotion-04-13-2011
“Elections are not ‘war by other means,’” The Mark, April 13, 2011. http://www.themarknews.com/articles/4721-elections-are-not-war-by-other-means
“Between Rules and Practice: Practical Wisdom in Constitutional Democracies,” Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies Associates Dinner Forum, UBC, Vancouver, February 29, 2012.
“Competitive Realities in the Americas,” ministerial round table on the Americas, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Ottawa, December 6, 2011.
“Why Don’t (More) Good People Enter Politics,” presentation in Sam Sullivan’s Public Salon, November 9, 2011. http://globalcivic.org/public-salons/
“Peru under Humala: Perspectives for Change,” Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, D.C. October 14, 2011.
"La Carta Interamericana Democrática. Balances y perspectivas en su décimo aniversario,” Universidad César Vallejo, Salón de Conferencia, Lima Norte, September 14, 2011.
“Midiendo y Monitoreando la Democracia bajo la Carta Democrática Interamericana: La experiencia de la Red Andina de Investigación para la Democracia,” presented at “La Democracia en el marco de la Carta Democrática Interamericana,” Transparencia, Lima, September 13, 2011.
“La Carta Democrática y nuevos modelos latinoamericanos de democratización: problemas, evidencia, y soluciones” presented at the “VI Cumbre de Ex-Presidentes: Institucionalidad Democrática e Inclusión Social,” organized by the Centro Global para el Desarrollo y la Democracia, Lima, September 11, 2011.