PS 0300 Comparative Politics [Syllabus]

PS 1381 Capstone Seminar in Comparative Politics - Political Parties [Syllabus]

PS 1321 Latin American Politics [Syllabus]

PS 1324 US-Latin American Relations [Syllabus]

PS 2321 Seminar in Latin American Politics [Syllabus]

PS 2381 Comparative Legislatures [Syllabus]









USAID, Political Party Development

Read more about this project at Higher Education for Developmen and the Pitt Chronicle.

You can also learn more about USAID assistance in developing democracies at the USAID Office of Elections and Political Processes













Scott Morgenstern

University of Pittsburgh
Political Science
4807 Posvar Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
(412) 648-7288

Curriculum Vitae



USAID Party Development Program

* Conceptual Framework
* Assessment Tool
* Evaluation Methodology



Pathways to Power: Political Recruitment and Candidate Selection in Latin America. Pennsylvania State University Press, 2008.

Patterns of Legislative Politics: Roll Call Voting in the Latin America and the United States. Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Legislative Politics in Latin America. Cambridge University Press, 2002.


Selected Recent Papers

"Explaining Hydrocarbon Nationalization in Latin America: Economics and Political Ideology," Review of International Political Economy, forthcoming. [paper] [appendix] [data]

"Party Nationalization and Institutions," with Stephen Swindle and Andrea Castagnola. Journal of Politics, 2009.

"Candidate Recruitment and Selection in Latin America: A Framework for Analysis," with Peter Siavelis. Latin American Politics and Society 50(4), Winter 2008, pp. 27-58.

"Campaigning in an Electoral Authoritarian Regime: The Case of Mexico," with Joy Langston. Comparative Politics, January 2009.

“Are Politics Local? An Analysis of Voting Patterns in 23 Democracies” (with Stephen Swindle), Comparative Political Studies 38(2), 2005, pp. 143-170.

"The Components of Elections: District Heterogeneity, District-Time Effects, and Volatility," (with Richard F. Potthoff), Electoral Studies 24, 2005, pp. 17-40.

"The PRI's Choice: Balancing Democratic Reform and Its Own Salvation," (with Adam Brinegar and Daniel Nielson), Party Politics 12, 2006, pp. 77-97



District-Level Electoral Data from around the World

Information about "The Components of Elections"

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