Maxwell A. Cameron

Professor of Political Science, Director of the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions (CSDI)

Office: Buch C419
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Email: Max.Cameron@ubc.ca

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Personal Weblog: http://blogs.ubc.ca/cameron

Maxwell A. Cameron (Ph.D., California, Berkeley, 1989) specializes in comparative politics (Latin America) and international political economy.  He recently published Strong Constitutions: Social-Cognitive Origins of the Separation of Powers (Oxford University Press, 2013). Cameron’s previous publications include Democracy and Authoritarianism in Peru (St. Martin's 1994), 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), The Making of NAFTA: How the Deal Was Done (Cornell, 2000), Latin America's Left Turns: Politics, Policies and Trajectories of Change (Lynne Rienner, 2010), Democracia en la Region Andina (IEP, 2010), and New Institutions for Participatory Democracy in Latin America (Palgrave, 2012).

As Director of the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions he coordinated the organization of the first UBC Summer Institute for Future Legislators. In 2011-12 Cameron was a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies (2011-12) where he organized a colloquium series Aristotle’s idea of “practical wisdom” and its relevance in politics today.


Graduate Supervision

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); “The Influence of Sociotropic Judgment on Public Perceptions of Trade Liberalization” (Hyunji Lee). Current Doctoral Supervisions: Jason Tockman; Jan Boesten; Agustin Goenaga; UBC Killam Postdoctoral Fellows Supervised: Andres Mejia Acosta; Tulia Falleti; Pablo Policzer.

http://www.poli.ucalgary.ca/Policzer.htm

Recent Publications

Strong Constitutions: Social-Cognitive Origins of the Separation of Powers.  New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming, June 2013.

New Institutions for Participatory Democracy in Latin America: Voice and
Consequence. (Edited by Maxwell A. Cameron, Eric Hershberg, and Kenneth E. Sharpe).  New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2012.  Published in Spanish: Nuevas Instituciones de Democracia Participativa en América Latina: La voz y sus consecuencias.  México, D.F.: Facultad Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales, Sede México, 2012.

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).

“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.
Latin America’s Left Turns: Politics, Policies, and Trajectories of Change. (Edited with Eric Hershberg). Lynn Rienner Publishers, 2010, Pp. 289.

“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.

To download publications, click here: Selected Works.

Commentary

“UBC launches ‘boot camp’ for politicians,” Sounding Board: The Official Newspaper of the Vancouver Board of Trade and its Members, June 2013, Volume 53, no. 6, p. 10.

“An educated politician is the best politician,” Vancouver Sun, May 10, 2013, p. A17.
http://www.vancouversun.com/news/educated
+politician+best+politician/8365729/story.html

“Democracia delegativa vs. democracia liberal en América Latina,” Politai.  27 February 2013.  http://politai.pe/opinion6-2013.html

“Restoring Parliamentary Supremacy,” Samara Blog, February 23, 2013: http://www.samaracanada.com/samarablog/samara-main-blog/2013/02/23/restoring-parliamentary-supremacy 

“Will Venezuela’s ‘Chavismo’ survive Chavez?” The Globe and Mail, January 7, 2013.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/will-venezuelas-chavismo-survive-chavez/article6994963/
Translated and published in Spanish: http://politai.pe/opinion1-2013.html and reposted after Chavez’d death: http://lamula.pe/2013/03/06/podra-el-chavismo-venezolano-sobrevivir-sin-chavez-por-maxwell-a-cameron/paolososa

“Why don’t more good people enter politics?” Macleans On Campus, September 17, 2012.
http://oncampus.macleans.ca/education/2012/09/17/why-don’t-more-good-people-enter-politics/

 

 

Recent Presentations

“Strong Constitutions,” London School of Economics IDEAS, London, July 3, 2013.

“Communication Technologies, Monopolies of Knowledge, and Executive Power,” talk in a round table on “Latin America and Social Communication in Times of Global Power Shift,” in Communication and Global Power Shifts: An International Conference in Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the School of Communication, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada, June 7-9, 2013. 

“New Approaches to the Study of Complex Governance,” round table at the Canadian Political Science Association, 2013 Annual Conference, University of Victoria, June 4-6, 2013.

“Parties and the New Social Contract: Creators or Followers,” presidential round table at the 2013 Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, Washington, DC, May 29-June 1, 2013. 

“Ollanta Humala’s First Two Years” round table at the 2013 Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, Washington, DC, May 29-June 1, 2013. 

“Political Parties and the Constitutional Separation of Powers in Latin America,” (with Paolo Sosa) prepared for delivery in a panel on “Constitutional Democracy in Latin America: Perspectives from Law, Politics and History,”  at the 2013 Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, Washington, DC, May 29-June 1, 2013. 

“Latin America Since the Year 2000,” presentation in a panel on “Between Neoliberalism and the ‘Left Turn:’ Recent Economic and Political Change in Latin America,” (CALACS Distinguished Award Panel in Honour of Arch Ritter) in the 2013 Congress of the Canadian Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa, May 3-5, 2013. 

“Toward an Observatory of Resource Governance and Extractive Industries in the Andes,” presentation in a panel on “Globalization and Localization: Identifying and Evaluating the Responsibilities of Multinational Companies, Part 1,” in the 2013 Congress of the Canadian Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa, May 3-5, 2013. 

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