1963-2013 - 50 years of Research for Social Change

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Enrique Peruzzotti

Former Visiting Fellow

Enrique Peruzzotti was Visiting Research Fellow at UNRISD 2009-2010. During this period, Enrique worked on a project on the links between participation and democratic representation, examining the competing concepts of representation as simply an authorization by election or as a more participatory form of government where the electorate’s control of its representatives extends beyond the ballot box to active citizen participation in diverse areas such as social policy and urban planning. At the time of his term at UNRISD, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires, an appointment he took up after receiving his PhD in sociology from the New School for Social Research in New York City in 1996.
Peruzzotti’s research analyzes the emergence of new forms of civil society politics in Latin America. His early research was concerned with the politics of human rights in Argentina. Later he engaged in a comparative regional analysis of the so-called politics of social accountaiblity. The findings from this project are to be found in two volumes Enforcing the Rule of Law. Social Accountability in Latin America (Pittsburgh University Press, 2006) and Controlando la Politica. Ciudadanos y Medios en las Nuevas Democracias Latinoamericanas (Editorial Temas, 2002), which he coedited with Catalina Smulovitz. He has published dozens of articles on evolving concepts of democracy, advocacy politics, accountability and civil society in academic journals. His recent publication is Participatory Innovations and Representative Democracy in Latin America(Woodrow Wilson Press/Johns Hopkins UP, 2009), which he edited with Andrew Seele.

He has held numerous visiting positions during his career, including at the University of London, University of New Mexico, Universidade Federal do Minas Gerais, the American University of Paris, and FLACSO in Ecuador. He has also been a resident Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Study and Conference Center, and the Center for Civil Society of the London School of Economics.